“A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words”
By Carl Nunnery
Farmington Correctional Facility, Farmington, MO
I bet you could walk up to anyone on the street who is carrying a wallet or a purse and you could find they all have one thing in common; they all will have at least one picture of someone. Why do you suppose that may be? The answer is that picture was of someone that they considered very dear to them, and that picture would serve as a reminder of what this person means to them.
Jesus tells us in Luke 22:19 during the Passover supper with his disciples,”this do in remembrance of me.” They obviously did not have the benefit of the Polaroid camera to produce a lasting photo, but they did do things to remember Jesus Christ.
In Psalms 112:6 it says,” the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.”
None of us has an accurate photograph of what Jesus looks like, but if you can recall when you went to your local church, they may have had a statue of Jesus, a picture of Jesus or a display of Jesus on the cross with a crown of thorns on His head. These are not to insinuate this is what Jesus looks like, but to remind us of the suffering He endured, and the man who lived and died and was raised back to life for us.
Many books, movies and pictures help keep us in remembrance of the life of Jesus, for His reasons of becoming a man, for His work in giving us the word of God, for teaching us who God is, and most importantly, for showing us the enormous amount of love He has for each of us.
In John 1:1 it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Then we read in John 1:14 where it says, “and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” It is evident Jesus is God in human form and from this we know God is the author of the Bible (Heb 12:2).
In 2nd Peter 1:21 it says, “holy men of God were guided by the holy spirit.” The Bible is not man’s inspired word, but God’s inspired word. In 2nd Tim 3:16 it tells us,” all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, and reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
The Bible is the undisputed words of God. My point is this, when you see a picture of Jesus, it reminds us of so much, not of what Jesus looks like, but who Jesus is and what he did on the cross. When you see Jesus you see the word of God.
So when you see a picture of JESUS, you can say without a doubt, a picture is truly worth a 1000s of words – GODS WORDS!