We Are Made in the Image of God
“This first thing I want to remind you of this, is that we are told according to the Scriptures, prior to the resurrection story, that God is the author of human essence. God is the author, in the essential nature of our humanity. We didn’t come into being by accident. We just didn’t suddenly appear unconcieved or without any purpose in mind, but that God Himself is the designer and brought us into existence.
The Psalmist says, ‘When I see the heavens, the work of your hands, the sun and moon and the stars which you have made. What is there in man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you visit him?’ (Ps. 8:3-4) This fact of our creation is a vital source in enabling us to understand what it means to be human. It’s a vital source, giving us the generality of our essence, created in the image of God.
Some of you have probably heard me mention the simple conversation between Jesus and the one who was questioning him, trying to pit him against Caesar. And he looked at Jesus and he said, ‘Is it alright to pay taxes to Caesar?’ (Mark 12:14-17) The one question I wish so desperately Jesus had answered differently—then on April 15 you could be godly and rebellious at the same time. Jesus, so brilliant in his response, he says, ‘Give me a coin.’ And he took the coin and he says, ‘Whose image do you see on this?’ The man says, ‘Caesar.’ Jesus says, ‘Give to Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and give to God that which is God’s.’ The disingenuousness of the questioner is noticed in the fact that he did not come back with a second question. He should have said, ‘What belongs to God?’ And Jesus would have said, ‘Whose image is on you?’
Give to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar; give to God that which belongs to God. God’s image is on you.”