Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | December 28, 2014

December 28, 2014 “The Vitals”

“In God’s eyes he was like a tender green shoot, sprouting from a root in dry and sterile ground. But in our eyes there was no attractiveness at all, nothing to make us want him.” (Isaiah 53:2)

Good Morning and Blessed Lord’s Day, everyone!

“Who does he look like?” “What color are his eyes?”  “How much did he weigh?” “Does he have a lot of hair?” “How long is he?” These are just a few of the questions Lydia and I asked our daughter Rebecca six weeks ago today when our newest grandson, baby Jack Woodrow Wilson, was born. Many a mother has been asked similar questions about a newborn baby by those wanting to know “the vitals.” It got me to thinking that Mary must have been asked such questions when word began to spread concerning the birth of her son. Just what did Jesus look like? Do the pictures we see of him now really bear any resemblance to his physical appearance? A few years ago, the picture I have posted emerged. It was painted by a Lithuanian child who had a vision of Jesus and heaven. Some time later, a child named Colton Burpo, who was the subject of a book and a movie based on his experience of going to heaven after a serious accident, agreed that the girl’s picture of Jesus did, in fact, look like him.

I have no way of confirming or denying the accuracy of this artistic description, nor do I have any reason to doubt the veracity of the claims of these children. Perhaps this is what Jesus looked like when he walked the earth…perhaps not. Did he resemble his earthly parents? My guess is that he did. His human ancestry is delineated for us in two of the gospel accounts, tracing back all the way to Adam. Did he carry the DNA of his forefathers? I think yes. But some would argue, since he was conceived by the Holy Spirit, how could he carry in his veins those bloodlines? I would point to Gabriel’s message to Mary,  For with God nothing will be impossible.” (Luke 1:37).

So what did Jesus look like? I have no doubt we will recognize him when we see him in heaven and in all his glory. But while he walked the earth, people who knew him had to identify him to others. There was nothing out of the ordinary about his physical appearance. People were not drawn to him by the way he looked. Isaiah said,

in our eyes there was no attractiveness at all, nothing to make us want him.”

 I am sure he was a wonderful baby, but not one born with a halo around his head. As a boy, I believe he was pleasant looking, but not one that made others stop and stare in admiration. As a man, he was likely average height and build, but again, not someone you would immediately recognize as Jesus until he was pointed out to you. But in heaven, I do not believe it will be necessary for anyone else to point him out and say “There he is.” His resplendent glory will fill the heavenly places, and those who have known them in their hearts in this life will immediately recognize him in the next, praising his mighty Name. Those who rejected him in this life will also know him, falling in fear before his holiness and awesome appearance. He emptied himself of his glory when he came to earth as a baby born in humble circumstances. That glory has been restored to him whose Name is above every name. Get to know him now. Let’s pray!

Holy Lord God; I long to see you in your resplendent, awesome glory. Prepare my heart to know You in this world and live eternally with You in the next. This I do pray in Jesus’ Great Name. Amen!

 

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