We have been blessed with great advances in technology. We are able to go on vacations, sporting events etc and take pictures with our smart phones, then share them with family and friends.  We even take “selfies” showing how much fun we are having with those friends and family. We also are able to pull them up and reminisce about such fun times. However there will be no greater picture or portrait made or taken than the one shown in scriptures.

Here is the GEM: the portrait referred to is the one we are able to see of a dying man, bloodied from the beating he took at the hands of the Romans and the crown of thorns on his head. It is not a “selfie” but a selfless portrait of love for all of mankind. The joy of this portrait is this dying man took our place so that we might live to God, sharing the love and hope that is found in Him. Yes indeed, we are truly blessed.

After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), "I thirst." A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, "It is finished," and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

John 19:28-30