29 March 2016

Who Is This?

circa 20th century, given to me by my maternal grandmother

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

- John 1: 1-5, 9-14



The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.

- Colossians 1: 15-20



John,

To the seven churches in the province of Asia:

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before His throne, and from Yeshua Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father—to Him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
“Look, He is coming with the clouds,” 
and “every eye will see Him, 
even those who pierced Him”; 
and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of Him.” 
So shall it be! Amen.
“I Am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Yeshua, was on the island of Patmos because of the Word of God and the testimony of Yeshua. On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a Son of Man, dressed in a robe reaching down to His feet and with a golden sash around His chest. The hair on His head was white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In His right hand He held seven stars, and coming out of His mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. Then He placed His right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I Am the First and the Last. I Am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I Am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

- Revelation 1: 4-18

2 comments:

jkoofish said...

Hey, my mother also took a photo of the clouds in the day time on a plane from South Korea to Hong Kong on 2/10/1990, and it turned out much like yours when it was developed. Do you know the year when your grandmother took the photo?

Edmundo Santiago said...

Hello and peace be with you J.Koo.Fish,

My grandmother had two copies of this image since before I was born (1975) I believe, and I remember looking at it every so often when we'd peruse old pictures that were simply scattered about in a box. I always wondered in amazement when I'd see it.

If I recall correctly, she related the story to me that a lady in church gave them to her... and that either that lady or someone had snapped a picture from the window of a plane while gazing at the beautiful clouds formed in the sky.

From what I understand about God and His works so far in my short 40+ years on earth is that I don't doubt that both your mother's image and my grandmother's image is unique according to where the image was taken, but also the very same image; God can produce an exact image of Himself in any time, to anyone He chooses, just as we read about in Ezekiel chapter 1, Revelation chapter 1 and elsewhere in the Scriptures.

Thank you for sharing your story with me. Peace be with you, brother.