Portraits of Christ

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A LITTLE boy had lost his sister…

There was no portrait of her, for it was before the days of photographs. Earnestly and continuously, he begged his parents to have a painter make a picture of his sister, and their remonstrance and reproof would not silence his pleadings.

Finally, for some relief, he was sent to visit family friends in Boston, and there he was told that he might hunt around to see if he could find a painter who would undertake to make a picture of his sister. It was a friendly gesture, for the friends were only trying to humor him. They took him to the studios of several prominent artists; but they all shook their heads. At last, one young artist said: ” Come with me, and see if you can find any faces that look like your sister’s.”

He took the young boy to a large gallery of portraits. Soon one picture attracted the child’s attention. “That’s like her eyes,” he said. Then another –“that’s like her mouth.” Another had “her hair,” another ” her forehead,” and so on. The artist put all these features together, and succeeded in making a good portrait of the boy’s sister.

In the same way we can find the likeness of Christ. For we do not find all His portrait in any one person. But picking it out, feature by feature, from among the different members of His family, we can make find his likeness forming in one harmonious whole.

And that is why we need to go to church. For it is there that we meet and experience all the members of Christ’s body. Some have this feature, some have that, some show great courage, others demonstrate great love, or perhaps wisdom; but each and all reflect Christ in certain ways… even if it is most imperfectly. You see, it is as the Apostle Peter says,

“As you come to Him, the living stone, rejected by men, but chosen and precious in God’s sight, you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture: “See, I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen and precious cornerstone; and the one who believes in Him will never be put to shame.”… 1 Peter 2:5

Therefore, “Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” —Hebrews 10:25