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A friend of mine once pointed out in Michaelongo’s “Creation” painting on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, you can see the passion and intensity that God has towards Adam and man, and vice versa you can see Adam’s reaction, or lack there of, to God’s passion for him. For those of you who haven’t seen the picture a copy is provided below.
In this painting you can see God the Father is stretching out of heaven with all of his strength and might, and His arm, hand, and finger are fully outstretched as He is grasping to touch Adam. The angels surrounding the Father are all holding Him to keep him in place, similar to someone holding someone who is leaning over a ledge and the rest of the crew are holding him in place to keep him from falling to His own peril. This scene from Cliffhanger helps display the intensity in this scenario, and also gives a good metaphor for the situation that Adam is in.
Something that is very evident from the painting and when you make a comparison with the video is that Adam doesn’t realize the situation that He is in and the desire that God has for him. He is sitting there listlessly holding his arm across his knee as his finger is just dangling from his hand. All that is necessary to connect with God is to lift his hand and grab hold of Him.
I use to talk about this painting in this sense it gives a good description of the relationship between God and man before salvation, before coming to Christ and receiving his indwelling life, and knowing Christ in the way that Paul talks about him, “Christ in you the hope of glory.”
Last night during our church meeting I brought this up and realized that the same intensity that you see in the Father the longing to connect with Adam is now dwelling inside of us. It made me think of this painting again in a fresh new way.
Now since we have received the life of Christ within us, that same desire that the Father has for us is now living and dwelling inside of us and is reaching out towards Him as well. All we have to do is to give in to that instinct, to spend time with Him, to fellowship with Him, to receive His love, and to pour that love back out to Him. The passion of Christ is in us because we have been made a new creation, the old is gone and the new has come. There is no longer a need to think of ourselves as a fallen human being, but to think of ourselves as a new creation that is being transformed from glory to glory. A creation that is becoming what He has already made us.