♣ Beyond Human Resemblance

Beyond Recognition

“…His appearance was so marred, beyond human resemblance and His form beyond that of the children of mankind…” – Isaiah 52:14.

WE CAN ALL guess what Jesus may have looked like while the Renaissance artists and Hollywood makes all its pathetic attempts in trying to depict how He must have appeared. History may give us some clues as to what the races looked like, but even then we may be a million miles off as to how He really looked. I’m sure that if we were to go back in time, Christ would look very different to how we imagined Him to be.

The Bible doesn’t really give much, if any, description as to the appearance of our Messiah, except for John’s revelatory description that even words failed to capture; metaphors were used to attempt to capture the glory that it was unable to, nevertheless, it gives inadequate words that provide us with the impression of the majesty of our God and Redeemer.

What we can be certain of is that the only explicit description of Christ mentioned is in the above Scripture – that He was marred so much so that He was even beyond human resemblance. Yes, we can all draw our conclusions as to what Isaiah 53:2 states: “He had no form or majesty that we should look at Him and no beauty that we should desire Him”, but even that was not written with the intention to give us clues as to His outward appearance; we are still left in the dark, because the spiritual goes beyond the visual; Christ is only discerned with the spiritual eye.

There are Christians who would give almost anything to physically walk where Christ walked in the Holy Land, yet they will not walk with Him in the spiritual aspect; they will not walk in the Spirit. Many are obsessed with knowing exactly what Christ really looked like, but it really is of no concern, because if it were, then the Scriptures would have given us that. It has often been said by many that if they were to live in the days of Jesus, it would have been easier to follow and obey Him, but that is one of the biggest farces we could ever adhere to; of course we wouldn’t and to think in such ways is to reason after the flesh. The first disciples chosen back then resemble every one of us today; some of us would have denied Christ; some of us would have fled for safety; some of us would have doubted and some of us would have been lustful for high position.

Christ came to be made sin: “For our sake He made Him to be sin Who knew no sin…” (2 Corinthians 5:21) and it was because of sin that He became physically unrecognisable – and beyond that, being the object of God’s wrath, there was no other point in all of eternity where the Son of God felt abandoned and forsaken by the Father; Christ became the very filth of sin that the Father literally crushed Him. Who knows what emotions played between the Father and the Son; have we ever wondered how the Father must have grieved in bruising the life of His Son? Our speculations will never reach depths of such intensity and profundity.

Beyond human resemblance… because of sin – your filth, my filth – broken and considered as human waste for your sake and mine; that’s where everything considered to be of no value whatsoever was taken outside the camp of old Israel; outside of societal living; it was utterly rejected and considered after no more. That’s what happened to our God. Oh! We can try and pinpoint it as much as possible; we are but barely peeling back the first layers at our best attempts. Let is be said, that if we truly understand the elementary aspects of the cross, it will have us beyond weeping till we are left staggered in silence. “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died… See from His head, His hands, His feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down! Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?”, wrote Isaac Watts. When I survey – and it is wondrous, it is beyond explaining – I don’t care how clever we may be at expounding the Scriptures; when we get here, we are utterly dumbfounded and awestruck; there are no words; here we worship; here we lay our lives down, for such a sacrifice, indeed, demands our soul, our life, our all.

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Posted on June 23, 2015, in ♣ Devotional and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. paul the slave

    Amen brother. Nicely said.

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