Easter Blog 2015
A search of the Internet reveals that the taking of selfie photos has become a major obsession. The one above is taken on top of Rio's famous Christ the Redeemer statue by travel photographer Lee Thompson. The picture is great but it made me wonder whether the taking of selfie's says more about us than about our understanding of who Christ is.
As we once again remember all the events of that first Easter I wonder where we would take our selfie with JESUS. Perhaps alongside the Palm Sunday donkey, or alongside JESUS at the home of Lazarus at the meal given in his honour or better still a picture outside the empty tomb. I guess the one place few of us would want to take a selfie would be at the cross. Roman crucifixion was the cruelest of deaths designed to deter those who might cause trouble to the rule of Rome. Even the artwork of the earliest Christian communities does not feature the cross such was the stigma of this method of death.
Yet ironically it is the one place where a selfie would be most appropriate. Christ's death was a selfless, forgiving death precisely for our brokenness and selfishness, on the cross he gave himself over to his heavenly Father's will, in his body he bore the shame, the failure, the sin of the world including my own.
Yet thankfully His death overcame death itself and at Easter and everyday we celebrate his Resurrection. This means that as followers of Jesus we can live within his hope and purpose for our lives. Part of that purpose is to reflect something of God's love and purposes to those around us and those we meet day by day. In a sense it's the opposite of a selfie, we are to allow Christ to grow in our hearts and lives as His Spirit changes us. In some measure when people see us, touch our lives, spend time with us, they should be seeing something of Christ's glory in our lives.
I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one--- I in them and you in me---so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:22-23 NIV
From the ground Lee Thompson's selfie took on a very different perspective.