“… the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” (Romans 8:18-25)
It’s time for me, at least, to turn away for a while from the constant darkness of the current crisis and bathe my soul and mind in what is coming to believers in Jesus. Allow me to share it with you! We are being transformed! We are going to be made completely righteous! To become like our King and Savior. If you’ve never studied what we have recorded of the life of Jesus in the New Testament, I urge you to do so. Get to know the King of Kings. Ask yourself as you read, “If I learned that this man was going to be my next-door neighbor, how would I feel?” Never mind the miracles. I’m talking about the character of Jesus. We can know Him very well, because He made Himself known to His disciples in the several years. He spent time with them before His crucifixion and resurrection.
He was humble:
“… Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” (John 13:3-5)
He always did good to everyone:
“Then Peter began to speak: ‘You know … how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” (from acts 10:34-38)
He never compromised. He was gentle. He was kind. He respected people and lifted them above themselves. He forgave. He did not hold a grudge. He reached out to people in need. He had compassion. He was as concerned for social outcasts as He was with “good” people.
If we are created in the image of God, and if Jesus is God made visible to human eyes (John 14:8-9, 2nd Corinthians 4:4) then we ought expect that humans will act like Jesus, at least some times and at least in some ways. I believe that every single human being does, one time or another.
I have no idea if any of the people in the following videos are Christians. But they bear the image of God in their souls, and we see it shining through! Some of these videos are years old, but they still shine like Lights In The Darkness! I hope some of you emotional types have handkerchiefs, because I know we’re all low on Kleenex and paper towels right now, and your eyes are going to get wet.
Six solid minutes of Lights in the Darkness:
Moments like these ignite a hunger in our own souls to be and to do better. These examples are double encouragement to believers in Jesus, because we are going to be transformed when we enter Heaven so that we will never again injure any living being or God’s Creation in any way. What you see in these videos is what we will be like all the time and forever when we have entered God’s Kingdom. He promised us that. And we will be surrounded by others who will also be like Jesus. “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is! And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as He [Jesus] is pure.” (1st John 3:2-3)
As you watch this next video, reflect on the fact that we have been adopted by God. And our adoption as His children was only secured by the horrible death of His Son. He had to ignore His Son’s pleas for a way out. He had to turn His back on the Son He had never been separated from in all of Eternity Past. He heard His Son cry out in agony of spirit, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” and He had to remain silent. Have we ever thanked Him sincerely? Adequately? Have our lives reflected our gratefulness to Him?
These adoptive parents shine! 11 minutes:
“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” (Galatians 4:4-7)
Our military has the same image of God on their souls, and when they shine, they REALLY shine!
And we should remember with gratitude that the US military ( https://time.com/5805200/coronavirus-military-assistance/) is also doing what they can to help deal with the corona virus, as I reported in the March 20th RED article. All 50 states have activated their Air and National Guards for that purpose. That is above and beyond the call of duty, IMO. Many stateside medics have already been involved, working in civilian hospitals instead of enjoying rest and recreation, which they have earned and have every right to. Instead, our warriors are going onto an unfamiliar battlefield, risking their lives in a war most of them haven’t been trained for, to help us defeat COV19. Keeping in mind that the military has no facilities or training in dealing with infectious diseases, they are all giving us a legendary example of courage, honor, loyalty, patriotism, and dedication.
How about a little fairy-tale magic come true?
Kids have the image of God on their souls too! No surprise; it was Jesus Himself Who said, “Unless you become like a little child, you can not enter the Kingdom of Heaven”:
The image of God influences every human soul sometime. Rejoice in it, rejoice in the character of God, and may we also shine!