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He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
(Hebrews 1:3a ESV)
It is easy to simply say that Christ is in every way like God, but Hebrews 1:3 says that he is “the exact imprint of his nature.” It is as if God himself thought that he would like to put himself in a box, a container called a human being, and yet even within that container retain all of himself. Personally, I can see how everything that is true about Christ could be true about God the Father, but to think about it being just as true the other way around is nothing that I am competent to explain, except to take it on faith.
When I launched out on godwitter yesterday, I did not expect to find something else so dramatic that begged to be commented on the very next day.
It may come as a morose admission to some of my readers, but I love the movie Dogma by Kevin Smith. In the film the Catholic church decides that the image of Christ crucified was too depressing, and so decided to create a depiction of Christ giving his adorors a thumbs-up and a wink. Comic genius!
Who could have predicted that a decade later the Catholic church would do just that… well, almost. The picture on the left is not a funny photoshop picture, but an actual creation that was unveiled this week and placed on the front of a Catholic church in East Sussex, England.
As frustrated with the concept of godwitter as I am, this seems to be an impressive idea. Unlike the Smithian protrayal, this appears to be an honest and deliberate attempt at connecting a 2,000-year-old story to our lives today. He looks quite common and ordinary here except for the gold halo. The Bible does say that there would have been nothing about Christ’s appearance that would draw people to him, but that it was his spirit and personality that oozed with the beauty of the Almighty.
A thumbs-up and a wink to the Our Lady Immaculate and St Philip Neri Catholic church in Uckfield.