Most of us are not cut out to be
professional photographers. Besides the patience needed to deal with
frantic brides (and their mothers), you need a certain amount of technical
skill. Most of us take a lot of pictures—and get a good one once in a
while. What kind of “good one?”
most of us, that means an accurate representation. Mug shots are good at
this. You know who it is, but no one frames it.
next level up is the “typical” photograph, where the viewer says, “Isn’t that
just typical of him? Mouth opened, eyes closed, stepping on his wife’s
once in a while you get one that is just about perfect. People see it and
say, “That’s him!” Everything comes together in a picture that you prize
(and might even frame it and hang it on the wall.)
Sounds have a similar progression
to our ears, though it may be a bit more difficult to recognize. But most
of us would know such a sound.
those who wear an eye patch (the writer does) it’s the constant background
noise of “Arrrrgh!” Just like pirates say! You know what it means,
most couples in love, there is “our song.” Maybe it’s “Blue Suede Shoes”
(please, no more) for the two of you. It’s Elvis singing—but it somehow
once in a while there comes a sound or music which is just about perfect.
The fourth movement of the William Tell Overture by Rossini, for example.
(“A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty, Hi Ho
Silver—the Lone Ranger rides again.”)
Pictures and sounds, that’s what
we use. God uses something different. His son, Jesus, is the exact
representation of the Father. His actions are those the Father shows
Him. His words are those the Father gives Him—indeed, John the Apostle
introduces Him to us as “The Word” - the message of God, wrapped in human
flesh. By Him you know the Father; indeed, there is no other route to the
Father other than by Christ.
This exact image—the root word is
the one from which we take our word “icon” - was given to us by the Father, and
given for our benefit. Benefit? Yes indeed
Christ we know the Father, for the Son is God as well.
Him we find the Word of God—in all senses
most important: our sins are atoned for by His sacrifice.
As you take Communion today,
consider that Christ has given us a picture of His sacrifice—so that we might
not forget that wonderful gift of God. By the bread His body; by the wine
His blood—it is a picture for us this day. It is His own picture, for He
gave it to us. Like other pictures, it’s given as a reminder, so that we
will not forget what He did. It’s the one picture He wants us to keep in