Being a photographer, the words of this verse stand out to me. The phrase, “and the express image”. The two English words “express image” in the Greek is where we get our English word “character”. In other words we are to express the image and character of God.
As a photographer, I can take the most breath-taking photograph a person has ever seen. This is nice. With the meaning of the Greek for our phrase here indicates that there is an impression made. In other words it is like tooling leather. There is a mark made that cannot be simply wiped away. There is an impression made.
What about you my dear reader? What kind of impression are you making in the lives of people? I hope that you are making an impression that points people to Jesus and not one that pushes them away from Jesus. The choice is ours to make.
Look at that verse again, Hebrews 1:3, “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”
I took the above picture at an orchid farm about an hour from home. The flowers were beautiful. In this picture you see a thank you letter written to the owner by a 3rd grade class. Around it were many ribbons for winning various competitions. They deserve every one of them. Their orchids were stunning and some near breathtaking.
Soon I realized something. I sat photographing beautiful flowers and even had brief interactions with the owner; but, not once did I share with him how to be saved. I did not even give him a gospel tract. I sit here typing this absolutely ashamed of myself. God forgive me!
What if this man dies and spends eternity in hell? I pray that God will not let that happen. I pray that I have another opportunity to see him and share with him the love of Christ for him. The Scriptures remind us of the futility of this world’s goods versus that of salvation. Look at Mark 8:36, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? The answer to that question to that question is, “Nothing”.
How about you? Are you amassing all the world’s accolades with no care for eternity? If you would like to know Christ as your Saviour please contact me as I would love to show you how to know for sure that Heaven is your eternal destination.