Snapshots of Jesus

           It’s probably a good thing that cameras were not yet invented when Jesus physically walked the earth. You know how we are. We would have taken His picture and then worshipped the photographs after His death and resurrection. We would have formed prejudicial views against Him because of the color of His skin, His height, His weight, His looks. Everyone of His same pigment and outer characteristics would have felt superior to everyone who did not look the same.

          God allowed the record of His deeds to last through the written record of eyewitness accounts. The few physical descriptions we have show Him exactly as God wanted us to see Him.

  •  At His initial appearance on earth, we first see Jesus as a baby, wrapped in cloths. “And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” Luke 2:7 (NKJ).
  • God purposely gave Jesus a very ordinary physical appearance while He did His work on earth with us. Isaiah 53:2 records, “He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him” (NIV).
  • Throughout the accounts of Jesus’ activities, starkly absent are descriptions of His looks. We’re only apprised of His clothing when it matters to His ministry. For example, we know He wore a robe because the woman with the issue of blood reached out to touch the hem of His garment and she received her healing (see Matthew 9:20ff). It was also significant when the soldiers mocked Jesus, pushing Him forward in a robe with a crown, sarcastically presenting Him to the crowd as their king. “When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them [the crowd], ‘Here is the man!’” John 19:5 (NIV).
  • We then see Jesus on the cross. Isaiah 52:14 foretells, “Just as there were many who were appalled at him– his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness…” (NIV).

         God wanted us to see Jesus not as a celebrity, but as “the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” Luke 19:10 (NIV), and as the one who “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” Mark 10:45 (NKJ).

        But like any parent, God not only displays photos of His Child as things were happening through the growing years, but He also proudly exhibits memories of His Child’s crowning achievements in the most ornate frame. Such is the picture we see in the Revelation of John. God didn’t end the Book without one last snapshot, one quite different from all the others. John sees:

  •  One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. [And this Man says] “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death” Revelation 1:13-18 (NKJ).

          Look through the entire “photo album” for a clear picture of who Jesus really is. Don’t get it twisted. The helpless baby, suffering servant, and condemned man on the cross is none other than our conquering King, Jesus the Christ.

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

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~ by sanewriter on December 20, 2011.

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