The human mind tends to portray Jesus as a beautiful human being. Most pictures, paintings and statues show attractiveness. We place graphics on our websites of a man with an admirable smile and clean soft hair adorning His face.
We may have cherished the thought that, because Jesus was God's Son and the King, He must have looked beautiful. Similar as we have learned from the fairy tales.
You may have wondered how our Lord really looked like. I have wondered this myself.
Surprisingly to many, there is a pretty clear description of how our Savior looked like.
For He(Jesus) shall grow up before Him(the Father) as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. Isaiah 53:2
No pleasing appearance whatsoever... growing up as a root out of the dry ground. You can just imagine how that looks like.
Beloved, this is far from a compliment.
Our Savior and Lord was despised and rejected by man, as so many disformed and undesirable people are. He had no pillow to rest His head upon, but a stone. He spent much time in the wilderness, away from the crowd. He ate grain right from the field, at one point. He did not even have His own home. His existence, then, could be compared to that of a beggar.
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. Psalm 41:9
Just meditate upon this: Jesus voluntarily left heaven, which was His home, and came down as God's Son in the flesh; He was conceived before marriage; was born (not at home) with smelly farm animals around, and His appearance was far from pleasing to the eye. According to human standards, Jesus had not much going for him.
But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD that He would deliver Him: let Him deliver Him, seeing He delighted in Him. Psalm 22:6-8
God the Father could have given His Son the most beautiful body and attractive face on earth. But that did not happen. The Father had a far greater purpose in this all.
Jesus' beauty was deeper than skin; it was His immeasurable Godly love for us.
With this, I came to the realization that Jesus gave His ALL as a Sacrifice for humanity, starting before birth and all throughout His earthly life. He even gave up any earthly beauty and wealth, family life, and finally... His own life. Jesus Christ sacrificed far more than we ever can fathom.
May you experience the depth of that which I'm trying to bring out in the lines above.
Blessings in Jesus.
Dr. Trudy Veerman