Caricature or image of Christ?

imitation of ChristOn a table in my living room sits a picture of my face (see image, right) sketched by a student, done—as it had to be, right?—in the classroom. I liked it so much that the class put it in a frame and gave it to me as a present.

The picture is a caricature.

A caricature is the representation of a person whose features are exaggerated or distorted in order to produce a comic or grotesque effect.

The student sketched me in good faith, and I took it as a compliment.

In spiritual terms, however, we want to be the very image of Christ and not his caricature.

because those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
Romans 8:29 NET

To form a caricature of Christ means to have some of his features, some traits of his, but in exaggerated manner, with a grotesque effect. So we carry a distorted image, and not what really represents his perfect person.

We make every effort to be now what we will be when he is revealed, “just as he is” (1 John 3:2).

Father, I’m no artist, to sketch in my soul a perfect picture of our Lord Jesus. But I want to cooperate with your Spirit who will produce in me his perfect image, for the glory of God. Amen.

Hold this thought: Each day I want to look more like Christ.

5 Replies to “Caricature or image of Christ?”

  1. Great little illustration.

    Christians are meant to “…have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,” (Colssians 3:10).

  2. I appreciate the post, and the recent addition of “Hold this thought” (as I recall, that’s a fairly recent addition).

    It makes me of something I read in Jowett’s book on preaching (about ten years ago now, I guess): that every sermon should be built around a single, “pregnant sentence.” Same goes for blog posts, eh?

    1. Thanks, Rick, yes, Hold This Thought is a recent addition. Seemed good to leave people with a short phrase to remember. I think it does go for blog posts.

      Yup, I did use it for a time as a profile, maybe on FB?

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