Monday, April 16, 2012

The ordinary looking King

30 Days with Jesus

Day 1 - Isaiah 53

He (Jesus) had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. v 2

Hundreds of year before Jesus was born to a yet unknown teenage girl a Prophet named Isaiah started to tell people about that upcoming day. In Chapter 53 of his book we can read the pinacle of his description of this coming saviour.

But the starnge this is that he starts out by making it clear on the outside at least this was just an ordnary guy to look at. He wasn't going to win any beauty contests.

Here is how Ps Mark Driscoll describes him:

"Jesus was a dude, and Jesus looked like a normal dude, right? So many of the pictures of Jesus, he’s very tall, nice jaw – just very rugged, European features. We don’t know what Jesus looks like, except for it tells us in Isaiah 53:2 that “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”
I don’t know what he looked like. He may have looked like George Costanza. I don’t know. He may not have been tall. He may have been short. He may not have had long, flowing, rocker dude, drag queen, Jesus hair. He may have had a thinning, receding hairline. I don’t know.

What we do know is that he was a carpenter, so he may have been in fairly decent shape – calluses on his hands from swinging a hammer. There were no power tools in that day, so he was a manual laborer. He walked a lot, so he may have been lean and thin and rugged.

But if you’ve seen the pictures of drag queen Jesus, it’s very troubling, to be honest with you. He tends to have very long hair with product. Wears a dress. Open toed sandals. Listens to a lot of Elton John. That kind of thing. And it’s hard to worship him, because you could beat him up, even if you’re a girl. It’s hard to worship someone you could beat up.

And when we’re talking about Jesus’ appearance, we’re talking about someone who looked very much like an average, normal, blue-collar construction worker."

So the truth is we don't know what Jesus looked like but the Bible makes it clear he didn't LOOK SPECIAL although he was special.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,t6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant,t being born in the likeness of men.8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. - Phil 2 v 5 - 8


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