"Let us make man in our image..." Genesis 1:26
This is absolutely amazing! When I look at God's creation, from the majestic mountains and magnificent sunsets to the tiniest insects and minuscule parasites, you see how perfectly designed everything is. Our earth can't be any closer or farther from the sun for life to be sustained. And it is the same for our bodies. We are not haphazardly made. God made us and of all He created, we are the crown. He made us in His image. Can we be any more special? I don't think so.
In the 12th chapter of Mark, some Pharisees and Herodians asked Jesus, "Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?"
Jesus answered, "Why are you testing me? Bring me a Roman coin to look at." When they brought one, He asked, "Whose likeness is on it?" They all had to answer, "Caesar's!"
And Jesus passed judgement, saying, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." After this, his opponents had nothing more to say. As a matter of record, they marveled at his answer. The Jews knew very well that in first chapter of the Torah, it taught that God made Adam, "btzelem elohim," in the Image of God. In effect, Jesus was telling them, "Give your whole self to the One Who has imprinted Divinity upon you!"
Thank You Lord for I am precious in Your eyes. We belong to You, You made us for a purpose and in love. May we always treat others with the dignity and love we all deserve for we all brothers snd sisters of the same Father.