Genesis 1:26-27 NRSV - Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Colossians 1:15 NRSV - He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; [/ quote]
In no way am I suggesting that what is meant by image in relation to Jesus and what is meant by image in relation to humankind is the same thing, but they are translated as the same English word. This morning I was pondering my ongoing 'struggle' to relate to Jesus when this popped into my mind. It is hard to convey all the internal discussion I had and I have forgotten most of it but it did make me wonder if maybe what these passages are telling me is that here at least in some degree I can relate to Jesus. The incarnated Jesus. In some way I am drawn to Him as in some way we are alike more than just being human0. There is a part of me, a part that is not as visible as it should be, that I am created in the image of God and that more than anything else should determine how I relate to others, indeed to all creation.
As Jesus conducts himself, revealing the image of God within creation, so humankind (me) was created to reveal the image of God within creation?
I am not sure if the origional Hebrew of Genesis and the origional Greel of Colossians reveal any more? I would appreciate your thoughts and imput.