Pictures of holiness

The Holy Spirit – God’s Spirit
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PART 1  – The Being and Nature of the Holy Spirit Chapter 3 – The Definition of the word “Holy ”

Summary: The tabernacle, the priesthood and Israel’s special place in God’s dealings are all pictures of holiness. A study of these pictures can help us to get a grasp on why God’s Spirit is called “Holy”. This message is accompanied by a PDF chart: “Pictures of Holiness – Israel and the Tabernacle”.

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As mentioned in chapter 2, an often overlooked step in gaining some sort of understanding of the Holy Spirit is becoming familiar with what the two words in the name actually mean. – “Holy” and “Spirit”. Having considered something of the word “spirit” in the previous chapter, I’d like us to now spend some time thinking about what is meant by the word “holy”.

To the world, something that is holy is religious or pious in nature, perhaps with an air of loftiness or mystique about it. Many master painters in bygone centuries depicted holiness by brushing a mysterious glow or a halo. However, the Scriptures paint a slightly different picture.

In its simplest definition, the Biblical idea is that “holy” means “separate”, and holiness is the idea of being separated. When the Bible speaks of someone or something being holy, that person or object is in some way separated FROM the things of the world. Not only that though; they are then separated UNTO God. It is a twofold action. A person can distance themselves from their family or neighbours, but not be considered holy in the sense portrayed by Scripture. Likewise, an item may be placed outside of a house, away from everything else, but not be holy either. This is because separation FROM something is only half the picture. It is separation UNTO God that completes the process of holiness, as we shall see.

To help demonstrate the meaning of the word “holy” further, let us take a look at two of the pictures the Lord has provided for us in His Word – namely, Israel and the Tabernacle.

Israel as a picture of holiness

For the purpose of the next section, I have adapted a chart originally drawn by Charles H. Welch (found in his “Alphabetical Analysis” Part 6, p.275, under the article heading of “Holiness”). I openly acknowledge to the reader that I have altered some of the details from the original chart in order to illustrate several particular points in this chapter. Mr. Welch depicted the concept so well, that I did not wish to depart too far from his drawing. Ultimately, though, I believe the general ideas contained in the original chart have been preserved.

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Israel – a holy nation

The structure of the nation of Israel, as ordained by God in the Mosaic Law, presents a lovely picture of holiness.

You shall make no covenant with them … nor shall you make marriages with them … for you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all peoples on the face of the earth. (Deuteronomy 7:1-6)

Notice the twofold aspect of holiness here: Israelites were to separate themselves from entering into contracts with these other nations, because Israel was God’s chosen people. Israelites were separate from other nations, and separated unto God. Hence, the instruction to them to “be holy, for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:44,45; also 19:2).

Levites – a holy tribe

Within that holy nation, there was a holy tribe – the Levites. They were separated from the rest of the nation, and separated unto God for particular service.

Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may serve him. And they shall attend to his needs and the needs of the whole congregation be fore the tabernacle of meeting, to do the work of the tabernacle … Now, behold, I Myself have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel … the Levites shall be Mine. (Numbers 3:6,7,12)

When the tabernacle is to go forward, the Levites shall take it down; and when the tabernacle is to be set up, the Levites shall set it up. The outsider who comes near shall be put to death.

Let no one come into the house of the LORD except the priests and those of the Levites who serve. They may go in for they are holy. (2 Chronicles 23:6)

The holiness of God was not to be compromised by those not separated for service to the LORD. The God-ordained penalty for breaching this was death, and we get some idea of how seriously God viewed this. Even the rest of the also “holy” nation of Israel
 were not permitted to partake in the roles set aside for the Levites.

Aaron and descendants – a holy family

You shall give the Levites to Aaron and his sons … You shall appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall attend to their priesthood. (Numbers 3:9,10)

The LORD said to Aaron, “You and your sons and your father’s house with you shall bear the iniquity related to the sanctuary
, and you and your sons with you shall bear the iniquity associated with your priesthood. Also bring with you your brethren of the tribe of Levi … they shall attend to your needs and all the needs of the tabernacle; but they shall not come near the articles of the sanctuary and the altar, lest they die …” (Numbers 18:1-3)

Aaron and descendants were to be holy servants for the Holy Place. The rest of the Levites, though also designated as “holy”, were, in one sense “not as holy” as Aaron’s family who alone were to minister and attend to the articles inside the tabernacle.

High Priest – a holy person

The high priest, from the family of Aaron’s descendants, was a most sacred and holy position among the people.

Now take Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister to Me as priest (Exodus 28:1)

He who is the high priest among his brethren, on whose head the anointing oil was poured and who is consecrated to wear the garments … (Leviticus 21:10)

“You shall also make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, the engraving of a signet: HOLINESS TO THE LORD. And you shall put it on a blue cord, that it may be on the turban; it shall be on the front of the turban. So it shall be on Aaron’s forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things which the children of Israel hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall always be on his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.  (Exodus 28:36-38)

Once a year, the high priest had to prepare himself as he made atonement for the people before the Lord in the Holy of Holies (or “Most Holy Place”). 

The priest, who is anointed and consecrated to minister as priest in his father’s place, shall make atonement, and put on the linen clothes, the holy garments; then he shall make atonement for the Holy Sanctuary, and he shall make atonement for the tabernacle of meeting and for the altar, and he shall make atonement for the priests and for all the people of the assembly. This shall be an everlasting statute for you, to make atonement for the children of Israel, for all their sins, once a year. (Leviticus 16:32-34) 

All of these rituals had to be carried out in the prescribed manner, otherwise, in many instances, the high priest would be killed. God took His holiness very seriously.

The Tabernacle as a picture of holiness

This next picture of holiness that we will look at overlaps some of what we have just read, but it is, nevertheless, a different picture, and one worthy of our attention.

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Some of what we read about the tabernacle also applies to the temple, which was really a more permanent version of the tabernacle.

You shall appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of the Testimony, over all its furnishings, and over all things that belong to it; they shall carry the tabernacle and all its furnishings; they shall attend to it and camp around the tabernacle. And when the tabernacle is to go forward, the Levites shall take it down; and when the tabernacle is to be set up, the Levites shall set it up. The outsider who comes near shall be put to death. The children of Israel shall pitch their tents, everyone by his own camp, everyone by his own standard, according to their armies; but the Levites shall camp around the tabernacle of the Testimony, that there may be no wrath on the congregation of the children of Israel; and the Levites shall keep charge of the tabernacle of the Testimony. Everyone of the children of Israel shall camp by his own standard, beside the emblems of his father’s house; they shall camp some distance from the tabernacle of meeting. (Numbers 1:50-53; 2:2)

During the exodus journey, when the people set up camp, the tabernacle was to be in the centre of their encampment, but there was to be a distance between the tabernacle and the closest tents. Except for the purpose of coming to offer sacrifices, the tabernacle was off limits to most of the people, but the people would be able to see the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night. Amongst other purposes, this was a signal to the nation, who were mostly kept at some distance from the tabernacle, that God was in their midst. The two hand-drawn pictures of the tabernacle on this page are both accurate, but contain inaccuracies, so I’ve included both, in order to get the best out of each of them!

The picture on the left depicts that the rest of the nation did not set up too closely to the tabernacle; the picture on the right portrays the pillar of cloud that would have been visible even from the farthest reaches of the camp.

When the LORD first speaks to Moses about a tabernacle (sometimes called a “sanctuary”), He immediately makes the intent known  – “that I may dwell among them (Exodus 25:8). It may seem a paradox to us, but God establishes a dwelling place for Himself in their midst … but then keeps most people away from it!

It is actually quite a moving picture of God’s love for His people. He loves those whom He calls His own so much that He wishes to dwell among them. However, at the same time, He will not tolerate His holiness (sanctity, purity, etc) being compromised.

The final illustration shows how the tabernacle stucture itself was comprised of a “holy place”, and then a “most holy place” or “Holy of Holies” behind the veil. Access was granted only to a select few, only at certain times, and always under strict conditions. The sanctity of this inner area is emphasised by the instructions given to Moses and Aaron:

The LORD said to Moses: “Tell Aaron your brother not to come at just any time into the Holy Place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, lest he die…” (Leviticus 16:2)

Holiness permeates the laws of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy; in fact, the majority of the Mosaic law has its focus on holiness. Being in a state considered to be holy before God, and therefore acceptable to Him, was often a complicated process involving ceremonies that most modern day Westerners find perplexing. We really have only scratched the surface of this subject in this chapter, because it can get quite overwhelming. Despite this, I find that the pictures of holiness illustrated in the nation of Israel and in the tabernacle are, at the one time, both enlightening and humbling, even if they are also confusing sometimes. It should be said that there is much to be gained from studying up on the symbolism behind the laws, but for the moment, do not lose sight of the principle that holiness is separation FROM the ordinary and common, and separation UNTO God.

What is meant by “Holy Spirit”?

In light of our study of the word “holy” in this chapter, and “spirit” in the previous chapter, what then is implied by the divine title “Holy Spirit”? Let us first remind ourselves of what each of those words mean:

Spirit = intangible force

Holy = separated from the world, separated unto God

God’s Holy Spirit is different from other “spirit” things of the world, such as the wind, or a person’s demeanour. We could also even say that the Holy Spirit is separated from other spirits. However, the distinction FROM other spirits is only half the story; there is a closeness and association WITH God that makes this particular spirit “holy”. It could even be said, of some passages, that the Holy Spirit is God’s very demeanour or mind in action.

The following verse sheds much light on this closeness:

What man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. (1 Corinthians 2:11)

The bond between God and His spirit is as close as the bond between a man and his own spirit. Adjusting an old proverb, we could say that “Holiness is next to Godness” in the hope of understanding a little more of “the intangible arm of God, interacting with mankind on God’s behalf”. In keeping with this theme then, in the next chapter, we shall see something of how the Holy Spirit is regularly equated with God and consider what might be called the deity, or perhaps the “Godness”, of the Holy Spirit.

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On this page you find many beautiful pictures of Jesus Christ, painted by several Christian artists worldwide. These images of Jesus are under copyright, so be careful not to use them without obtaining written permission from the artists. The purpose of this list of Jesus paintings is to inspire you with the person of Jesus Christ. Enjoy these Jesus pictures and share them with your friends, so they can also have a fresh encounter with Jesus Christ.

Pictures of Jesus, by Greg Olson

Greg Olson is an exceptional artists, who doesn’t only portray Jesus in a serious way, but he also expresses the love of God. These images of Jesus show us something of the wonderful person who Jesus Christ truly is: full of love, purity, compassion and power, helping, guiding and saving us. When we obey His command to love one another, then His love will transform our entire being and change the world around us. Jesus Christ is the perfect image of God, showing us who God is and how we can get to know God as our Father and best Friend.

Jesus Christ is the One who gives us true peace and joy, and who turns our darkness into bright light.

Visit the website of Greg Olson, to buy his Jesus paintings, for your home, church or office.

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Jesus Christ is the light of the world, who brings His light in our hearts, so we also become bright shining lights in this world.

‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ (John 8:12)

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Most Jesus paintings are very serious, but in fact Jesus Christ was filled with the wonderful JOY OF THE LORD! When He invites us to follow Him, He invites us to discover what true happiness is: being a beloved child of the Father, who is the source of life and the giver of all that is good, the one who fulfills His promises to us, and who gives us the glorious and victorious Kingdom of God.

Knowing God is knowing joy!

Jesus was able to endure the horrible suffering of the cross, because He had his eyes fixed on the joy of seeing you and me be set free from darkness and come home in His arms of love.

‘For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.’ (Hebrews 12:2)

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This picture of Jesus standing at the door, visualizes one of the most important verses in Scripture:

‘Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.’ (Revelation 3:20)

Jesus Christ invites us to step out of a lukewarm religious ‘church-going’ lifestyle to truly KNOWING HIM, living with Him, having intimate fellowship with Him. Then we will experience the light, the life, the joy and the freedom He so longs to give us…

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This Jesus image shows that although both Jesus Christ and John the baptist (man at the left) suffered a lot during their life, in order to bring the Kingdom of God on earth, they also had a lot of fun. Greg Olson writes it beautifully:

‘The life they promoted was the way of joy, the way to truly be happy. Not through a somber life of piousness and mere endurance to the end, but a life filled with gratitude, wonder, love and service, even a life filled with smiles and laughter. These are the emotions that bring us nearer to God and each other.’

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In this picture Jesus Christ looks at the horizon, where the Sun is rising, as a symbol of the ever increasing Kingdom of God. Many christians believe the lie that this world is getting darker and darker, but Jesus Christ is not the dusk, He is the dawn, the Bright Morningstar, the New Day. His kingdom increases day by day, and His light shines in this world more and more, until His full glory is revealed.

The future is not dark and gloomy, but incredibly bright and full of hope!

‘Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.’ (Isaiah 9:7)

‘For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.’ (Habakuk 2:14)

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This painting shows Jesus Christ looking at the heavens, which He has created… He knows the name of each and every star in the universe, just as He knows the name of each one of us. Jesus said that even all the hairs on our head have been counted! That gives us incredible comfort and peace, knowing that God knows everything about us and is always full of attention for us.

‘The very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.’ (Luke 12:7)

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This picture of Jesus shows how He is inviting a teenager to come to Him, and find rest for his troubled soul. Young people are often severely under attack by satan and the lusts of this world. Jesus Christ is always waging war against the powers of hell, to seek and save those who are lost, to bring them home in the arms of the Father, where they belong and discover true peace of mind and fulfillment.

‘For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.’ (Luke 19:10)

‘Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’ (Matthew 11:28)

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In this picture, Jesus Christ looks at Jerusalem, while thinking about what He had exclaimed over the city of God:

‘O Jerusalem, Jerusalem… how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings…’ (Matthew 23:47)  

The same way He is looking at you and me and everyone else in the world, full of love and compassion, longing to bring us home, in the arms of our loving Father in heaven. People so often run away from the One who loves them more than they could ever dare to imagine and who can help them in all their troubles.

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This stunning picture shows Jesus Christ helping children cross a wild and dangerous river. The same way He is helping us, young and old, to overcome difficult situations in our lives. He is faithful and always present to help us. Never doubt the presence and the love of Jesus Christ, the great Helper and Savior.

‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’ (Isaiah 41:10)

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In this image of Jesus, Greg Olson tried to visualize the compassionate love of Jesus Christ, who is our healer. He looks at us with tender eyes, seeing our deepest pain and He offers us healing for both body and soul.

‘When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.’ (Matthew 9:36)

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This amazing painting shows how Jesus Christ is full of attention for this world. Many people today think God has forgotten about us, because they see all the suffering in our world. But God is full of attention, for all of us. He knows what is happening and He is thinking always of way to reach us with His eternal love and goodness. If we would only open our hearts and minds for Him, then He could reveal who He is and we would experience His help so much more.

‘For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.’ (2 Chronicles 16:9)

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This beautiful picture shows how Jesus Christ invites us – not to a boring religion, but the life of abundance, the life in freedom, the life of true love, the life of divine fruitfulness, the life of the glory of the Lord, the life of His wonderful goodness and mercy.

Jesus is the most beautiful person there is. When we really know Him, we will discover that which truly makes us happy and fulfilled. 

‘I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.’ (John 10:10)

‘You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fulness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.’ (Psalm 16:11)

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In this painting we see how Jesus Christ suffered in ways we can’t understand, while He was in the garden of Gethsemane. He realized what would happen: the sin, the guilt, the demonic oppression of entire mankind would come upon Him.

He would become the very Lamb of God, and He would be literally slain for the sins of the world.

The Bible says He started sweating blood, that’s how intense the fear and turmoil was, He went through. But He persevered, because His deep love for us is stronger than His fear of the torture He would have to go through, in order to save us.

What a love! And this love is here for you, right now…

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The last painting by Greg Olson shows us a major secret of knowing God. Jesus Christ said He didn’t require from us to become full of religious knowledge. He said we may simply become as a little child: open, trusting, vulnerable and spontaneous. When we become like little children, our hearts are opened up to know Jesus Christ and experience the kingdom of God in our lives. It’s all about being real, wearing no religious masks, but truly be who we are, without faking anything.

‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’ (Matthew 18:3)

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Pictures of Jesus, by Howard Lyon

Howard Lyon is an extremely gifted artist, whose paintings sometimes literally look like photographs. He is able to paint the emotions and psychology of people in a stunning way. His pictures of the face of Jesus show a real depth of personality, revealing to us that Jesus Christ was indeed the Son of Man. He was God who became a human being, just like you and me. However, he was full of the love, and goodness of God, to show us who God truly is: a Father who deeply cares for us.

Visit the website of Howard Lyon, to buy his stunning and very inspiring artworks. 

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Watch the inspiring video about this stunning painting of Jesus who calms the storm:

Pictures of Jesus, by Lars Justinen

Lars Justinen is the owner of the world’s largest online shop for christian images. He helps christian worldwide find christian images, to illustrate their messages. I really like the way Lars paints the face of Jesus Christ. There is both wisdom, life, peace and joy in Jesus’ eyes.

Buy christian images at the website of Lars. 

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Eyes full of wisdom

I like the depth in these eyes of Jesus Christ. Often paintings of Jesus are lifeless, especially the old paintings from centuries ago, show Jesus as a man without emotions. In this image Lars Justinen was able to give real personality to the portrait of Jesus. His eyes show a depth of wisdom and insight.

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Painting of Jesus as God

The main hallmark of Jesus Christ is that He is the Word of God who became flesh. The Word of God is God himself, says the apostle John. Jesus Christ is far more than just a prophet or good teacher, He is God Himself, Who became a human being like you and me, to reveal His love to us.

‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.’ (John 1:1-3)

Picture of the smile of Jesus, by Tahnja

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Christian artist Tahnja painted this picture of a smiling Jesus, because her daughter asker her to. I believe it is one of the most beautiful paintings of Jesus ever made: so pure, bright and childlike – exactly the way Jesus Christ Himself is.

You can buy this beautiful artwork on Tahnjas Deviantart page.

Picture of Jesus, by Nancy Lee Moran

This painting is one of my all time favorite pictures of Jesus Christ. It shows so much of Him, just as I know Him… His eyes look at you with such love and joy. He doesn’t have this angry, judging look, some would expect Him to have. Yes He does look with eyes of fire, that see right into the depths of our souls. But He also looks at us as our true Friend, on whom we can always rely.

As I have stated on this page again and again: when Jesus Christ invites us, it is not into a boring, controlling religion. No, not at all. He invites us to discover the life He has for us. True abundant life. He is the giver of life. He layed down His life to give us freedom and peace.

He restores our soul, He heals or heart, He mends our wounds… and He makes us fly as eagles again.

‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’ (Matthew 11:28) 

Visit the website of Nancy Lee Moran, to buy her stunning and very inspiring paintings. 

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Picture of Jesus, by Mark Keathley

What I like about this picture of Jesus, is the sparkling smile in His eyes… It speaks to me about the wisdom, the peace and the joy of Jesus Christ. His eyes don’t just look at something or someone, but His eyes SEE…

Visit the website of Mark Keathley, to buy his images, for your home, church or office.

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Picture of Jesus, by Bob Berran

The first time I saw this picture of Jesus, it immediately struck me, because of the joy and life it radiates. I can imagine when Jesus Christ invited His disciples to follow Him, He didn’t look as stern and boring as some paintings show Him.

Jesus Christ offers us abundant life.

‘I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.'(John 10:10)

Visit the website of Bob Berran, to buy his art, for your home, church or office.

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Pictures of Jesus by Michael Belk

A successful fashion photographer stepped aside from the world of money and fame, to make a series of professional photographs that show the relevance of Jesus Christ in our modern world.

Visit the website of Michael Belk, to buy his images, for your home, church or office.

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Pictures of Jesus by unknown artists

I haven’t been able to find the artists of these two wonderful pictures of Jesus. If anyone seeing this can help, please contact me. Thanks.

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Jesus Christ is full of joy.

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Picture of the face of Jesus Christ.

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Jesus Christ came to save the lost.

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Jesus Christ is the savior of the world.

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Jesus Christ is the light of the world, and He offers the light of life.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

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Picture of the face of Jesus laughing.

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Picture of the face of Jesus Christ, in which we can see the depth of His being.

Pictures of Jesus being baptized

Jesus Christ was baptized in the Jordan, by the prophet John the Baptist. When Jesus rose from the water, the Holy Spirit came upon Him in the form of a dove. His Father spoke with a loud voice that sounded like thunder: ‘This is My Son, in whom I am well pleased.’ This baptism in water and in the Holy Spirit, followed by the public affirmation of His identity and calling by His heavenly Father, prepared Jesus for the great challenge He was about to face: being without food for 40 days in the desert, where He would be tempted by satan, to give up His calling and choose an easier way.

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Pictures of Jesus healing the sick

These pictures of Jesus show Him while doing what He did most of the time: healing the sick. Many christians think that Jesus only healed the sick now and then, but the Bible says that Jesus Christ always healed all the sick who came to Him. He never turned a sick person away – never! And He never made anyone sick – never! He always healed them: the blind, the deaf, the demonized, the lame, the mentally ill, etc.

“Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.” (Matthew 15:30)

He showed the perfect will of the Father: restoration, deliverance, life in abundance, freedom,… God is a good God, who wants us to enjoy the life He is giving us.

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The miracles of Jesus are an expression of the love of God for all of us.

When we are healed by Jesus Christ, we know He truly cares and He is so good that He removes the chains of suffering from us and surrounds us with songs of deliverance. Today Jesus is also healing the sick, all over the world. Visit the page modern day miracles to find out more about what Jesus Christ is doing in our time.

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Pictures of Jesus raising the dead

Jesus not only healed the sick, He also raised the dead. Many people die before their time, while God’s plan for them is to live longer and enjoy life. Jesus Christ raised several people from the dead and gave them back to their beloved ones. He gave the command to His followers to do the same. Death is not always natural, but can also be inflicted by satan and his demons. Jesus called the devil the one who comes to ‘kill, steal and destroy’. Jesus said: ‘But I have come so you would have life in abundance.’

Today people are also being raised from the dead, through the prayer of christians who believe and obey the words of Jesus.

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Pictures of Jesus teaching and preaching

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Pictures of Jesus at the cross

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Pictures of the resurrection of Jesus

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Pictures of Jesus forgiving sinners

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Christian wall art about Jesus Christ

The Christian wall art by David Sorensen helps you experience the love, grace and presence of Jesus Christ in our daily life. It is available as fine art print or as stretched canvas print, in different sizes.

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This Christian wall art shows the single reason why God became man and died on the cross for us: He loves us so much, He was wiling to suffer great for us, so we could be restored into His presence.

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This Christian wall decor is very popular, because it shows Jesus Christ both as the Lamb of God who was slain for the sins of the world, and as the Lion of Judah, who is reigning in the eternal kingdom of God.

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“Holiness is avoiding sin. It’s being set apart from the world and staying undefiled.” Or so we’ve been told. The problem with defining holiness like this is that it doesn’t actually describe a God who is holy. God was holy long before there was any sin to avoid. He was unblemished long before there were blemishes.

In the last post we looked at seven fairly useless definitions of holiness. All of them have a measure of truth but none of them contains the whole truth. None of them actually tells us what holiness is. And this is a problem because we are called to be holy as He is holy. How can we do that if we don’t even know what it means?

So what is holiness?

Holiness means wholeness. To say that “God is holy” is to refer to the wholeness, fullness, beauty, and abundant life that overflows within the Godhead. God lacks nothing. He is unbroken, undamaged, unfallen, completely complete and entire within Himself. He is the indivisible One, wholly self-sufficient, and the picture of perfection.

Holiness is not one aspect of God’s character; it is the whole package in glorious unity. This is how Spurgeon describes it in his discourse on Psalm 99:5:

Holiness is the harmony of all the virtues. The Lord has not one glorious attribute alone, or in excess, but all glories are in him as a whole; this is the crown of his honour and the honour of his crown. His power is not his choicest jewel, nor his sovereignty, but his holiness. In this all comprehensive moral excellence he would have his creatures take delight, and when they do so their delight is evidence that their hearts have been renewed, and they themselves have been made partakers of his holiness.

Holiness means perfection in the sense of completion. When Jesus the Holy One came exhorting us to “Be perfect,” He was inviting us to a life of wholeness and holiness (see Mt 5:48). The Greek word for “perfect” means “complete” or “whole.” Jesus was saying, “Be whole as your Father in heaven is whole.” Jesus came to make broken people whole. He was calling us to the life that was His.

A holy and whole God stands in contrast to an unholy and broken world. Because of sin and separation we live in a world of death and scarcity. In our natural state we are consumed with our needs and lack. We spend our lives trying to get what we don’t have and trying to repair the damage of our estrangement. But the only cure for our brokenness is a revelation of a whole and holy God who lacks nothing and who has promised to supply all our needs out of His overflowing sufficiency.

Those in Christ ought to know better. We are to worship God in the beauty of His holiness yet much of what passes for worship is nothing more than grizzling about our ugliness. To the degree that we are conscious of our needs over His provision, we don’t get it. We don’t understand all that Christ accomplished on our behalf. The Bible declares we were sanctified (1 Cor 6:11); we have been made holy through His sacrifice and perfected forever (Heb 10:10,14); and we are complete in Christ (Col 2:10). In Him we lack absolutely nothing. Yet we run here and there to trying to gain what we already possess and speaking the faithless language of lack and longing.

We need to change our vocabulary. We need to start walking in our true identity of holiness. We need to thank Him for who He is and what He’s done. Here is a simple idea to help you do that. Whenever you read the words “holy” or “sanctified” in scripture, replace them with the heavenly language of wholeness and completion. This will give you a clearer insight into what Jesus has accomplished:

  • To the church of God in Corinth, to those complete in Christ Jesus and called to be whole.(1 Cor 1:2)
  • Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and wholeness. (Eph 4:24)
  • So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord… who has saved us and called us to a whole and complete life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. (2 Tim 1:9)
  • But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a whole nation, a people belonging to God (1Pe 2:9)
  • But now since you have been set free from sin and have become the slaves of God, you have your present reward in wholeness and its end is eternal life. (Rom 6:22, AMP)

Jesus gives us a picture of a whole and holy life, unbroken and unstained by sin. Everything Jesus does is prefaced by holiness. His is a holy love, a holy righteousness, a holy joy. Holiness, or wholeness, is the very definition of abundant life. Such is the life you already have in Him.

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