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No Beauty That We Should Desire Him


Isaiah 53:1-3
1 Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.

3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Truly, very few would believe the report of the prophets concerning their Messiah.

To whom would God reveal His salvation and glory?

In God’s eyes, He was like a tender green shoot, sprouting from a root in a dry and barren ground.

But in our eyes, He had no attractive appeal or charisma at all, nothing to make us desire Him. We despised Him and rejected Him. He was a Man of sorrows, acquainted with griefs. We turned our backs on Him and looked the other way when He passed by. We didn’t even bother or care that He was despised.

This was how the prophets described Jesus, the Son of God and the Saviour of all mankind.

However, Jesus was not despised and rejected due to any personal defects or flaws. In Matthew 3:17, God the Father declared, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Jesus never sinned and never told a lie. He never answered back when insulted. When He suffered, He did not threaten to get even; He left everything in the hands of God Who always judges fairly.

1 Peter 2:22-23
22 “Who committed no sin,
Nor was deceit found in His mouth”;
23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;

So why is there no form or comeliness, no beauty that we should desire Him at His finest hours? Why is He despised and rejected by men?

The fault is not in Jesus Himself but in us! It is about how we view things through our human eyes and worldly perspectives! Jesus is not attractive and desirable to the worldly-minded. In God's eyes, Jesus is wonderful, beautiful and glorious but in the eyes of the world, Jesus is not!

1 Corinthians 1:21-25
21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;
23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,
24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

When our hearts and minds are set on the things in the world, how can we discover true beauty in Jesus? Materialism, sensualism, humanism, self-gratification, vainglory and other worldly things often blind our eyes that we are not able to worship the true Jesus according to the Bible.

Imagine these people:

  • A wounded and bruised Jesus carrying the cross up to Calvary
  • A faithful Moses tending sheep at the backside of the desert
  • An elderly apostle Paul writing epistles behind prison doors
  • A successful, powerful and eloquent preacher on the pulpit
  • A super rich and well-known entrepreneur and businessman

Which of the above will we desire to follow and become?

James 2:1-7
1 My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.
2 For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes,
3 and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,”
4 have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts?
7 Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?

How can we say that we belong to our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, if we show favoritism to rich people but look down on poor people?

If a man comes into our church dressed in expensive clothes and with valuable gold rings on his fingers, and at the same moment another man comes in who is poor and dressed in shabby clothes, what will we do?

Will we give special privileges and favor to the rich man and give him the best seat in the house but look down at the poor man and ask him to stand at the back or sit down on the floor? Will we judge people by their wealth and outward appearance? Will our hearts be misguided by wrong motives and secret agendas?

God has chosen poor people to be rich in faith. The Kingdom of Heaven is theirs too, for this is the gift that God has promised to all those who love Him. Yet, of the two strangers, we often despise the poor man. Don’t we realize that it is usually the rich men who oppress us and drag us into court? And also, they are often the very ones who will jeer at our Lord Jesus Christ, shaming and mocking His holy name.

Our measurements are often wrong when we use the wrong yardsticks! We have used the worldly standards to measure and value everything in life!

The main reason why some churches have grown so rapidly is not necessarily the result of a true spiritual revival. It may be due to loosely adjusting and accommodating to worldly values and ways.

Some pastors now preach socially acceptable messages that focus upon meeting the wishes, wants, destinies and dreams of their congregations without any submission to the Lordship of Christ. They cleverly and skillfully tailor their sermons to avoid offending any newcomers or visitors from other churches.

As a result, many Christians only want Jesus to save them but are not interested to come under the Lordship of Christ! To them, Jesus is only a personal Savior who loves them no matter what they do or sin rather than the Lord of all who desires to guide and guard them through the journey of life.

Many have accepted and adopted ungodly ways and standards such as premarital sex, cohabitation, adultery, gambling, drugs and other vices.

Worldly songs and ungodly music are played and incorporated into their church services or events. Going out clubbing, having sensual and sexy dancing, drinking and getting drunk have become acceptable norms in the lifestyles of some Christians. Many are living more as pagans than true believers in Christ!

Some churches do not preach and teach the Word of God. They are adjusted and skewed towards the world. They esteem and honor worldly values more than godly values!

Entertainment have replaced Biblical discipleship. To create a wonderful experience and electrifying encounter is one of the chief goals and objectives of the main church program. The pulpit has become a large-scale musical theatre and performing arts centre, fitted with ultra-modern and futuristic audio, video and sophisticated multi-media and lighting systems to enhance and heighten an exceptional and enjoyable experience of dramatic speeches, spectacular dances and sensational songs.

Some pastors even have makeup artists to lay foundations and brush cosmetic color tones on their faces, apply eye shadows, put on lipsticks and also help them to dress up to look like movie stars or pop idols. It is now all about showmanship - how to be excel in skills at theatrical presentation, performance and entertaining others. To come to church and have an enjoyable time.

Matthew 5:14-16
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

The Church is called to be the light of the world to impact the people around us. God desires that our light will shine before men, that they may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.

But we have allowed darkness to creep into our churches. Today, the world is impacting the Church more than the Church is impacting the world.

It is now time to repent and return to the Lord.

Romans 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

James 1:27
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

1 John 2:15-17
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

John 3:30
He must increase, but I must decrease.

When we do so, we will begin to see and desire the true beauty of Christ!

Written on: 10 October 2017