In prophesy of the coming Messiah (a Hebrew title meaning ‘the anointed one’; the Greek word ‘Christ’), the Old Testament prophet Isaiah says:
“My servant grew up in the LORD’s presence like a tender green shoot,
like a root in dry ground.
There was nothing beautiful or majestic
about his appearance,
nothing to attract us to him” (Isaiah 53:2NLT).
Jesus Christ, according to Isaiah, was “like a root in dry ground”. In other words, he was not impressive or significant in the eyes of the world. He may be overlooked at and unnoticed during his childhood. The prophet added that Jesus was neither handsome nor charming like a prince. It’s almost as if God went out of His way to make sure that people were not distracted by “Jesus the handsome man”, so that He could instead wow the world with His divide purpose, characters and perfect Being.
Jesus, my Jesus, doesn’t impressed people with His 6 pack abs, fair & lovely face, and bling-bling clothes. He came to the world not to display His luxury sport car, gold ring and curl-blond hair with zebra’s stripes. He came to show us how to walk in obedience with God that causes Him to reflect God’s beauty. He let God’s perfect character be reflected from within Him, and let His true appearance shine.
Beside He has “nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance” – He was also almost having nothing that the world called attractive or impressive about Him. He had no maid servants, yet He was called Master. He had no high-education schooling, yet He was called Teacher. He had no commercialized medicine, yet He was called Healer. And do you know? He had done no evil and sin not (which is consider freaking-foolish by the world), yet He “was pierced for our rebellion, crush for our sins. He was whipped so we could be healed” (Isaiah 53:5NLT).
Ultimately, He displayed the riches of His Grace on the rugged cross. The cross that the world thought was for losers is in fact God’s Glory revealed for the Winner of the universe. He was buried like a criminal yet He rose again (the world is pulling his hair now). He lives today, yes – He lives today to shows that God is the Greatest! It was ‘a root in dry ground’ that done all of these amazing things. It was Jesus; the Man who had changed the course of history forever. Praise, Glory and Honor to God in the Highest! Amen.
THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.