The finest work of art is you!

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. Psalm 139:14

How many of us enjoy a visit to an Art museum? It is filled with treasures, wonderful creations, to tickle the imagination, move the heart and inspire the weakest among us. We analyze, judge and discuss for hours and only hope for more creations at each corner as we walk through its halls. But the beauty of this world cannot be contained in an art museum. It only begins there. In truth there is art all around us. We see it in the city landscape, finely kept gardens, modern parks, buildings, bridges and countless other structures. Now for my taste there is beauty that is greater than all of these. I would happily choose the view of gentle waves crashing along the shore, or the endless array of colors scattered across a forest in the fall. I would stand in amazement before the greatest Mountains and I am easily humbled below the heavenly stars. For the greatest artist of all is God Himself.

What is His greatest work? Not the oceans, the moon or the sun. We are his greatest work! The complexity of man is beyond our imagination, some scientist estimate that a cell’s DNA contains about 4,000 books of 500 pages each of information. Consider how much data is actually stored within each cell and each human being. Consider the uniqueness of each person in appearance, in spirit and especially in imagination. We truly are a wonderful creation.

We should find joy and comfort in knowing that we are God’s greatest work. We are truly a treasure for our creator. He does not look away from us. He watches over us and hears our prayers. He works in our lives for our good and has our eternal future planned. He has no intention of being separated from us.

Paul wrote: 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39) Jesus himself said “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

How much value does our creator place in us. He paid for us with the blood of His son Jesus Christ. Therefore our value is priceless and cannot be measured. Any thought or word that would demean our value and worth is simply a lie. Do not be fooled, we are the greatest work from the greatest artist and our value cannot be measured!

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A sad Funeral Procession

And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Luke 7:13

The funeral procession could not have been more depressing. There she was all alone in the world and crying. She had lost her husband and now her son. No one was able to help. The doctors could not do a thing for her. Her family could not console her. I watched in horror, as my eyes watered up. Then I noticed the stranger. He was like no other. His face displayed strength and seriousness and yet a deep sadness. He was staring at her. It was as if He could not bear this women crying. Then I suddenly became aware. It was Him! It was that prophet, the great man of God who had been traveling across the country side. He had healed the blind and caused the crippled to walk. Others had reported of his power over demons. They said he would simply speak and the demons would flee. Yet others had been critical. They claimed this man was not of God. They complained of his companions and of his work on the Sabbath. Would a man of God heal on the Sabbath? Could He help this woman?

While I contemplated this I saw him make His move. He approached the woman and with tenderness, and a soft pleasing voice, said “Do not weep.”(Luke 7:13) He then turned to the dead man and said these words, which I would never forget “Young man, I say to you, arise.” (Luke 7:14) I couldn’t believe my eyes as his body snapped up. A moment ago this man was dead. I had seen him when he was pronounced dead. The town mourned for this man. A casket was built and I personally helped to place him in it. Now he was alive! All this man said was “arise”, and this dead man did. Who was this prophet?

This man is Jesus, the prince of peace, the Messiah, the son of God. Jesus did the miracle as He had done countless times before, but this time there was something different. He stopped everything, as if to hold time still, and took a moment to tell this woman “Do not weep”. Jesus is the God, who has compassion, the God who loves, the God who feels the pain in your heart and cries with you.

Surely he shall hear your prayers and comfort you in the midst of your trials. He will provide for every need (Psalm 23:1), and as He promised, faithfully be with you to the end. (Matthew 28:20)

(Please note the eye witness, who tells the story was created as a fictional representation of the many that were present at this great event. Please read of this great miracle in its entirety in Luke 7:11-17)