“He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.” (Isaiah 53:3 NLT).
READ: Isaiah 53: 2, 3
Books of today spend paragraphs describing the physical attributes of their hero or heroine. The length of her hair, the color of her eyes, his statue and height. It never seizes to amaze me that in the entire Bible there is no description of Jesus’ physical attributes.
The other day my friend and I were in the market when a middle aged man passed in front of us. She nudged me and said “doesn’t he look like Jesus?” I smiled and nodded. Only later did it dawn on me that I had no idea what Jesus looked like apart from images in books and casting in movies that were the complete imaginations of those authors and movie directors. Warner Sallman painted the earliest portrait of Jesus in the 1940 and that image has since been used to depict Christ. That portrait too is nothing but Warner Sallman’s imagination.
When Jesus returns to this earth. It will be very different. We will walk with Him, we will talk with Him, and we will see His face and recognize him. We will be free to gaze upon His likeness and not imagine anymore because we will sit face to face with Him.
I gaze on Your splendor oh Lord, for I know that You are all I need.