The Transfigured Beauty of Jesus

October 10, 2012

“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.” – Isaiah 53:2b NIV

The world has always worshiped how we look on the outside. Hollywood stars are usually good looking guys and gorgeous women. All the way back to the Pharaohs, how they looked in life and even in death, was of supreme importance to them. So, interestingly enough, when God sent His son to be the biggest star the world’s stage has ever known, He chose for Him to look very ordinary. The Bible tells us he wasn’t much to look at, so it seems very unlikely that He looked like the beautiful pictures we have hanging on our walls. Now, that might surprise us in thinking about the Son of God, but God sought to identify with the majority of us. There are very few Hollywood beauties, but there sure are a lot of us ordinary-looking folks.

But that was in His earthly ministry. What does He look like now? The Bible tells us that He gave a sneak preview to His three closest disciples. One day Jesus led them up high on a mountain, “…and He was transfigured before them; and His face shown like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.” One day, Jesus is coming again and we will all easily recognize Him as the Son of God. And more good news for those who trust in Him: we’ll receive new bodies -perfect bodies – that never get sick and tired, that never age and die. Like Jesus, our new bodies will be dazzling, and we ordinary folks will be eternally grateful.