Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

08/08/2018

Harold Akridge

 

Created In His Likeness

 

You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the Earth by the Master Craftsman.” 

MaxLucado

 

  On the sixth day of creation, "God said, 'Let us make mankind in our own image, in our likeness,' so God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." (Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:7. NIV)

 

  There is no account in the Bible like the creation narrative. We see our Creator, taking a dark, blank canvas and creating everything we can see, smell, and hear. The famous American writers, Thoreau, Longfellow or Wadsworth could not write anything more beautifully than the creation account in Genesis. The world’s greatest painters Rembrandt, Picasso or Van Gough, with all their famous works combined could not paint anything that could compare with God’s living, breathing creation.

 

  I had a dream that I was there each day of creation watching God. “God reached out and took the light in his hands, And God rolled the light around in his hands until he made the sun; And he set that sun a-blazing in the heavens. And the light that was left from making the sun God gathered it up in a shining ball and flung it against the darkness, spangling the night with the moon and stars. Then down between the darkness and the light He hurled the world; And God said: That’s good!” In my dream I watched His omnipotent power bring giant bodies of water with all the sea life together in perfect harmony. On the last day of creation, I am standing alone in the overhead surgical gallery watching the Master Craftsman as He begins His last work. His greatest creation would come from a lifeless mound of dirt, laying loosely on the surgical table. Before my eyes, God takes the dust and He magically creates the first human man. Man is without life, he is motionless, like one of the many pieces of driftwood that has washed up from one of God’s great oceans. Gently God leans over man and He personally breathes into his nostrils the breath of life. God is performing the first miracle CPR. Suddenly, this new creature, man, effortlessly takes his first breath, smoothly inhaling and exhaling. Man’s body, this complex structure, made up of billions of small cells, tissues, and organs all begin working perfectly because of his Creator. He lays there motionless for a few minutes and then he effortlessly stands up and for the first time he sees the beautiful garden that God created for him. God took His special human creation and gave him the most perfect beginning. He gave him an environment like none other in the world and gave him a mate, someone that he could love and share his special, beautiful life with. God’s plan for them was to have children and live in the garden forever. He planned they would never experience unhappiness, sickness, disease, or death. God had the picture-perfect plan for Adam and Eve, they were created in absolute and total excellence. God created an untold number of animals, fish in the sea, birds in the air, reptiles and bugs of all kinds but He only created two humans.

 

  Can you see how special they were? “He deliberately planned us, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the Earth.” God saw something in man that he couldn’t see in himself. He made man in His likeness. If God held up a mirror He wouldn’t see the physical features of man, God would see Himself, perfect in every way. At that special moment in time, He saw a human man who could love, enjoy the beauty of the garden, be thankful and appreciate how special he was, because at that instant he had the only immaculate life ever made. For this one moment in history man was matchless, he enjoyed happiness beyond comparison, he had no flaws, he had no sins. He, like His creator, was perfect.

 

  Reminds me of Michelangelo's famous painting of God’s finger touching Adam's.

 

—Harold Akridge

    Bella Vista Church of Christ