This is a photograph of the members of a church. Every person provided a small photo of themselves, and the artist combined them to form a composite “impression” of Jesus Christ. Obviously, we don’t know what Jesus looked like in the flesh! But as a symbol, it works well for that congregation.
Every time the church members walk in the front door of the church building, they “see” Jesus- and more that that, they are reminded of a deep truth. As Christians we are “in Christ.” Our faith in Christ and His saving work means we share in a glorious reality. St Paul wrote about this in Galatians 3 v26-28:
"So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Think about that. We are ONE in Jesus Christ. We share in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Our reality is a new beginning, forgiveness and cleansing, and a wonderful destiny. This new life puts into the "Body of Christ" where we have a place and a purpose, a confident hope and an unbreakable assurance of the love and grace of God towards us. It has implications for the way we respond to God; and for the way we belong together in the Kingdom and the Church. Reflecting on these "simple" words IN CHRIST will lead us into worship, unity, and Christ-likeness. This is profound theology- and as we know God and His ways better, we enter more and more into the great message of redemption and re-creation. Together, we are amazingly privileged and equipped to serve and love the Lord and Saviour of this world. Books have been written about this. Today, if you only begin to think through the application of being "in Christ" your life can be changed more than you even imagine! We may never fully understand it: but we CAN receive it. Be blessed, in Christ, now!