Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sweetest Name of All

On the wall in my home, there is a picture frame with Jesus’ portrait same as above. And it is most unlikely that Jesus looked like He is portrayed in most movies.

Isaiah 53:2 (New Living Translation, 2007) reads;

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.

According to this Bible verse which Christians accept as a reference to the Messiah, Jesus Christ, He had no particular attractiveness in His human form. No one was drawn to Him for His looks.

The New Testament does not address Jesus' physical appearance, until the book of Revelation.

In Revelation 1:12-16, John describes the glorified Jesus this way:

12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lamp stands, 13 and among the lamp stands was someone “like a son of man,” dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

Isn’t it scary description of the Risen Lord?

Acutally no mention is made in the Gospel record of Jesus' appearance either by His followers or by His opponents. So any attempt to reconstruct Him is only idle speculation and in any case is unimportant. His real work of salvation was important and that is certainly mentioned along with the fact that He rose from the dead. Given the fact that He was Jewish, He undoubtedly had Jewish features and skin color.

Assuming it does give an accurate general picture, this can prove nothing specific about Jesus. His 'lack of difference' in the Garden of Gethsemane can be accounted for by the facts that it was dark and that the soldiers also would not have known Him personally.

So, quite clearly, apart from the Revelation reference which was of the glorified Christ, we cannot know exactly what He looked like.

Even though the whole world doesn’t know about Jesus, I know JESUS is the most beautiful and sweetest Name of all. I didn’t see Him face to face yet but I’ll see Him as He is someday.

A Psalmist wrote long time ago;

I will bow down toward Your holy temple and will praise Your Name for your love and your faithfulness, for You have exalted above all things your Name and your Word (Psalm 138:21).

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