Key Scripture: Genesis 1:27-28
When you look in a mirror, what do you see? You see a picture of yourself! God created everything–the sun, moon, stars, mountains, oceans, trees, and animals–to be like a mirror reflecting a picture of him. We can’t see God the Father with our eyes because he doesn’t have a body. He is spirit. But when we look at God’s creation, we can learn some things about him. We can see how huge and powerful and beautiful he is through what he has made. Do you know what God created to reflect the best picture of him? You and me!
God saved His very best creation for last. After making everything else, God created two human beings. He made a man named Adam and a woman named Eve. God made Adam and Eve both alike and different. They were alike because they were both made in God’s image to reflect his glory like a mirror. They were different because their bodies didn’t look the same, and they each had unique jobs to do. Adam and Eve had differing jobs based on how God made them so that, together, they could accomplish the important work he would give them to do on Earth.
God put Adam and Eve in a beautiful garden called Eden. He commanded them to take care of the garden and the animals just as he would. God told Adam and Eve to have lots of children and fill the earth with many more little mirrors who would reflect his glory, showing a true picture of what he is like. You are one of those children! Like Adam and Eve, you were made either boy or girl in God’s image. You were created to reflect God so that everyone who sees you will say, “Wow! God is great!” He is the one who deserves all the praise and hoorays because he is the one who made you!
All humans are created to show what God is like, but only one human born on Earth has pictured God perfectly. The Bible says when we look at this human, we see an exact image of God! This human is the hero of the Christmas story—the ultimate glory reflector.
Main Point: God made human beings male and female in his image to show what he is like and bring him glory.
Christ Connection: Jesus Christ is the exact image of God. When he came to earth, he showed us God’s glory (Colossians 1:15-20).