The Beauty Of Holiness 2
Other than the fact that people recognized Him as a Jew we don*t know what Jesus looked like.
1 Chronicles 16:29: Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
Isaiah 53:2: For he shall grow up before him 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.
Geneva Bible Notes on the passage above:
The beginning of Christ*s kingdom will be small and contemptible in the sight of man, but it will grow wonderfully and flourish before God.
Family Bible Notes:
The reference is to Christ*s spiritual excellence, for which the carnally-minded Jews had no discernment.Unregenerate souls see nothing desirable in Jesus. Even though He may not have been physically exceptional, something made His disciples desire Him. He ALWAYS possessed the beauty of holiness. The only occasion when that beauty could not be seen was when the ugliness of our sin was upon Him as He died on the cross.
1 Peter 2:24: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Isaiah 53:3: He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 52:14: As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
Psalms 147:1: Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
Have you ever noticed how people, including yourself, become more comely when they are praising the Lord? Jesus must have been the most comely person that ever lived because He was always praising His Father, both in words and in the sinless life He lived. One day those of us who are believers will see the beauty of holiness perfectly and it will be upon us too.
1 John 3:2: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
What encouraging thoughts for one as ordinary-looking as me!!!
Care to discuss The Beauty Of Holiness 2 with Ron?