Look at the picture above.
What you see when you look at this really matters (you understand that I don’t mean this actual photo, but what it represents).
Your perception of it is everything. How you interpret it, how you spin it, what you emphasize, determines how you see God, how you see people and how you live in the world.
Jesus had this conversation with Philip:
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
John 14:8-10 ESV
Given that, what do you learn about the Father by the image of Jesus, hanging on a cross?
Do you mostly see wrath?
Are you reminded of an angry God who needed to be appeased so He could stand to be around you?
Do you see a fairy tale?
Do you see self-sacrificing love? Do you see the Word made flesh absorbing the pain caused by sin and required by forgiveness?
Do you see something else?
I have more to say on this, but for now, what stands out to you most?
What you see make all the difference.