In the Image of GOD

It is a cold, dark, windy night. Brother Monk is restless. He has been wrestling with his thoughts for hours. No sleep, only an intense match of trying, praying to understand and put into words what he is experiencing. He senses the Holy Spirit about him; he can feel Him, and things he has been seeing in his mind come into focus. With tears streaming down his face, he begins to write. How glorious is God’s plan of the ages, His plan of salvation, what and how He will administer what is written in the Scriptures about the final destiny of all mankind, believers and unbelievers, from the beginning of time. It all started with the first Adam; it ends with the last Adam, the Son of Man, Jesus the Christ.

He is humbled, knocked down low to the floor of his room as never before! Have you never considered just how awesome the words GOD spoke at the beginning of Creation, the sixth day: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”

He was first. He was Spirit. He was in the form of man. When He manifested Himself, He was always in the form and substance of a man. And that’s what He created from the ground of the earth: Man, a human being, with the likeness and attributes of God, his Creator. He was Adam, the first man, created in holiness and righteousness and perfect. And so was the second person made: Eve, a woman, his help mate. They communicated with God. But there came a time when they followed Satan, the enemy of God, and listened to him, and did what God had forbidden: they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil! All would change.

And God came down from heaven. And God, Jesus, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, walked in the cool the shade in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve hid from God because they had sinned! They were afraid! They could hear His footsteps, the footsteps of a Man! Then they heard His voice call out: “Where are you?”

God, Jesus, came down to earth to set things straight…for He created man in His own image, to one day be like Him. All would now be turned upside down when Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Sin, the enemy of God, had now entered the world! Now Satan and his fallen angels-demons could get a foothold on people in all parts of the world. It would be a long, hard road for human-kind; some coming to God, but most, not…the fight would be long and bloody! For all the victories, there would be many more setbacks. It would be this way in every century, by now 60 in the annals of human history have fallen in the dust of time.

God again came to earth ‘In the fullness of time,’ a man, the Son of Man, born a baby of the Virgin Mary, the final journey of the ‘Seed of the Woman, finding its way through Jewish lineage, something Satan continually tried to destroy…born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, when Rome ruled the world.

He was fully Man, fully God; a man who walked among us, and went to His death on a Cross! And that all who believed in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life with Him, forgiven and loved. The grave could not hold Jesus, for on the third day, He arose from the dead and ascended into Heaven to sit on the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. And one day soon, He will come for us, the living and the dead in Christ. So comfort yourselves with the words of joy, that Christ will be victorious over all things, and we shall reign with Him forever and ever.

This man Jesus, the Son of God loved us so much that in the beginning, He created man in His own image to be just like Him one day.

How dear and precious this truth!

And what of Brother Monk?

Well, he just arose from his bed and began writing more and more of the thoughts he had experienced that night. He wrote over 25 pages. And when he had finished, he rolled them up, and placed them in a bottle, sealed the cork, and threw it as far as he could in the waves of the sea!

One day, somewhere, someone will find the bottle with its message…and on that day, a life could be changed forever.

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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