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If you had the notion Jesus of Nazareth was a notably handsome young man, you'd be wrong, and we plain Janes and Johns can be encouraged that real godly attractiveness has nothing to do with physical good looks or stylish garb.

The No Frills Saviour

 

Isaiah 50:6, beard, Isaiah 52:14, Isaiah 53:2, Elisha, Elijah,

If you are interested in what Jesus Christ looked like when he was here the first time, the scripture reveals a few things.  You’re right if you thought he had a beard, and that can be found in Isaiah’s prophecy Chapter 50:6, “I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.”  This verse was foretold six hundred years before he was born, but if you thought he had long hair, it’s just an artist’s conception and a scholar's dream, as they inaccurately depict other biblical scenes, especially the horror of the crucifixion.  You know, when Christ was nailed to the cross, “his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men….” (Isaiah 52:14)  And if you think this verse out, his body - while yet alive - was more brutally abused than any man’s was, or ever shall be.  It was a hideous sight, and so offensive, God turned the celestial lights off to assuage its repulsion.  But getting back to the Lord Jesus’ everyday appearance…

 

If you had the notion Jesus of Nazareth was a notably handsome young man, you’d be wrong, and we plain Janes and Johns can be encouraged that real godly attractiveness has nothing to do with physical good looks or stylish garb.  Again in Isaiah 53:2 the Son of God is described, “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.”

 

Did you hear it?  No comeliness means the Lord Jesus had no beauty, no attractiveness, and no allurement that we’d want to take a second glance at – nothing.  In other words, he was the no frills Saviour, and his appearance wouldn’t stand out in a crowd unless you were searching for the plainest looking guy on the planet! I kind of like that fact, because the thing that was actually beautiful, attractive, and alluring about the Lord was his word – the word of truth and his spirit.  

 

Therefore the Lord Jesus Christ, being the model, one ought not to judge a preacher by his looks or the suits he wears, because if the preacher is strikingly handsome, and packaged in a fine color coordinated outfit, so are most politicians, banksters, and undertakers.  (I guess that speaks for itself.)   What counts with a preacher, though, is if his words are Holy Ghost inspired, even like John the Baptist, the premier prophet before the Lord Jesus.  You remember him, the one who ate bugs and dressed in a crude camel hair outfit, cinched with a leather belt. He was not a trendsetter, my friend, and I suspect his dromedary duds were somewhat odious.  He, unlike today’s Lear jet-hopping, $10,000 a night hotel wandering star evangelists, was similar to his famous Old Testament predecessor Elijah, who is described as “an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins.”  One Bible scholar described Elijah’s hair as being styled by a whirlwind, while his protégé, Elisha was contrastingly bald.  (Look it up in a concordance.) However, both of these traits are avoided today with the aid of beauty salons and rugs.

 

There are other things to consider in the earthly appearance of the Lord, like the tabernacle in the wilderness, which was a type of Christ.  That tent was ornate and beautiful on the inside, but plain ol’ serviceable badger skin on the outside.  It is even taught by God’s uncomely Son, one ought to “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment,” and “the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” (John 7:24 & I Samuel 16:7)  He also proclaimed we are not to mirror the religious hypocrites who “are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.”  Listen: The no frills Saviour and his no-frills prophets have always been in spiritual vogue on earth, but when we get to glory, it is a whole different scenario; but you can get a glimpse of the Lord Jesus Christ now in Revelation 1:12-17.  Wow, out of sight!

 

And so, until we meet again, remember… God loves you.  Read your Bible.

 

 Maranatha


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  Amen