But when I was in my devotional time, I ran across Isaiah 53:4, which says in part:
"And when we see Him, no beauty that we should desire Him"
This passage is talking about Jesus, the incarnate Jesus, and ends with the thought that we didn't esteem Him. In fact, we thought He was under God's judgement and was being punished.
We didn't think much of Him. OUR sin made Him look less than.
The nerve of us humans!
Jesus is actually the greatest illustration of of someone whose outer appearance was judged and found wanting when really His inner being radiated a beauty we will never comprehend.
Have you ever noticed how most art that depicts Jesus makes Him look wimpy? (Maybe that is just me ...) But I think He would have looked strong and outdoorsy. Think of the miles He walked ... the carpenter work He would have done as the oldest son ... the stamina He would have possessed to have a 3 year ministry as an itinerant preacher, always a different location where He would lay His head at night or where He'd park Himself at a dinner table.
Maybe He'd have no beauty but there was something about Him that would draw people to Him, like a moth to a flame.
Perhaps people could just feel His interest in each and every person that crossed His path. Or the force of His personality drew people like a magnet.
Nowadays, the church uses the word beautiful to describe Him. No, we don't know yet what His actual appearance will look like to us; but, no matter, it will be beyond beautiful to the redeemed.
The One who bears our scars on His body? The One who makes us sons and daughters instead of slaves? The One who gives us abundant life? The One who takes our sins and casts them into the sea?
Yeah, that One will be beyond beautiful to us!
I'm linking this post up at The Loft where this week's topic is: beauty, and also at Arabah Joy's Grace and Truth link-up, Crystal's #FreshMarketFriday, and Word of God Speak. Come visit these communities - you'll find tons of inspirational reading.