The Self Portrait of Christ

The Faces of Christ

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Recognizing Christ

How many times have we christians imagined what Christ looks like? Most artists draw him as a caucasian male with long hair and a beard. I've never seen him drawn as short or tall or thin or heavy. He's drawn as average. Not someone who would stand out in a crowd. Not ugly, not handsome.

Though there are other names and terms given Christ in scripture, we have no physical description...or do we? Consider the words of Christ who vividly describes himself in Matthew 25, after being asked by the righteous, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you? (verses 37-39)

In verse 40, Christ's description of himself is very precise. "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers (and sisters), you did it to me."

In his self portrait, Christ portrays himself as the least of these. He had already established 'these' to be the hungry, thirsty, naked and in bondage.

Is it our habit to see Christ as always the giver and never in need of anything? Then, we need to rethink our views. If we walk with our Lord daily and maintain a close personal relationship with him, we will never fail to recognize him.

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jacksson47 5 years ago from Reedley, CA

You got it K, when we look at the poor, the hungry, the orphan, those in prison, the sick, all of the downtrodden, we see Christ. In my evening prayers, I ask the Lord to save, heal, to have mercy upon children, grandchildren, godchildren, family and friends, church member, students, neighbors, and all mankind; upon the old and the young, especially the unborn, the needy, orphans and widows, the sick and afflicted, those in sorrow and distress, the imprisoned, all Christians who suffer for your sake, those in military service, travelers, and others who come to mind. That kind of covers it all. Origen even prayed for the demons, not willing that any should perish; that kind of got him in trouble because he believed in universal salvation. But, even St. Gregory of Nyssa got close to universalism without going as far as Origen. Origen finally was anathemized because he started preaching pre-existance of souls. Anyway . . . good hub.


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kmaskreations 5 years ago Author

Thanks jacksson47. I have seen him many times in many faces. Those who know him will recognize him.

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