Jesus, Before and After

March 25, 2009

Have you ever noticed that before his glorification, the Bible is virtually silent about Jesus’ appearance?  We don’t know what his hair looked like, or the color of his eyes, or the tone of his skin, or how tall he was.  Isaiah furnishes our only glimpse, prophesying that the Servant would have “no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him” (53:2).  Before his glorification, Jesus was a non-descript, common-looking Jewish man.

But not after his glorification.  After Jesus’ glorification, the Bible describes Jesus for the first time.  It still doesn’t tell us about his biological features (except that his resurrection body bears the scars of crucifixion), but it describes Jesus for us in images so glorious, so authoritative, so stunning, that to see him would cause you to fall at his feet as though dead (Revelation 1:17).

The glorified Jesus, apparently, is the one God would have us see in our mind’s eye as we press on to the end in faithful obedience.  Have you looked at him lately?  (Check out Revelation 1:12-20; chap. 5; 19:11-16.)


One Response to “Jesus, Before and After”

  1. Your messages present Him so well and fill my heart with love for Him.

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