Sky watchers got a special treat early this morning with the appearance of a stunning total lunar eclipse. The burnt reddish brown beauty that captured the attention of millions lived up to its nickname, the blood moon. Brilliant red hues resulted from the peeks of sunlight that were filtered through the earth’s atmosphere and reflected off the moon’s surface. It’s as if the ‘man in the moon’ was viewing a celestial sunset, and the ruddy light bounced off his face.
Most of us know from grade-school science class that the moon itself has no light and serves only as a reflector for the sun. So if you take away the sun’s light, it becomes a fairly unremarkable and inanimate rock.
You know, humanity is the same.
The familiar story found in the first couple of chapters of Genesis reminds us that Adam began as a lifeless, and uninteresting mound of dirt. He had no beauty. No innate glory and was no more inspiring or special than a pile of rocks. But… that radically changed when the breath of God entered his nostrils. Genesis 2:7 records the moment that the life of God animated Adam and he “became a living being.” We can only imagine his dazzling appearance as he drew his first breath, and this living soul was robed in the reflected radiance of the Almighty! What must he have been like as he took his place in the world as the only “image-bearer” of God?
Though the ugliness of sin eventually marred that ability and often eclipses the light of God, we need to remember that even today, all men and women still exist as the sole beings capable of bearing … and reflecting… the image of God. However, the New Testament makes it clear that being made in His image isn’t enough to make us a part of God’s family. But it does explain God’s special love for humanity and His willingness to surrender the life of His Son to reestablish a relationship with us. He has made each of us special! Remarkable! Glorious! Not because of anything in us. But solely, because of Him.
So, the next time you see that person in the next cubicle who just drives you crazy, the irritating cashier at the store, the individual with the opposing political view, or the obnoxious fan of your rival team, remember that each one of them also bears the image of God and is precious, loved and, if/when rightly related to Christ, able to reflect God’s glory to the world.
For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
~ 2 Corinthians 4:6