Monday, November 23, 2009

How to Describe Him?

Reading in Isaiah 52 and 53 this morning...
Do you know why this is one of my favorite passages? It's not just that Isaiah is writing about Jesus over 700 years before His birth. It's also the humble honesty behind such a profound and bold statement.
The words to describe Christ, this King, this Messiah, aren't exactly pleasing.
What is this description? "He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him. He was despised, rejected, a man of sorrows, familiar with suffering....we esteemed him not....we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, afflicted."
This is the announcement, the introduction of a King? The King?
Do you see the honesty?
Think about it.
If Isaiah were just dreaming up fluff, would he have written such undesirable things to make his story any more unbelievable?

Did you know that this is just 1 of over 300 prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament? Did you know that all of the prophecies were found to be fulfilled in Jesus Christ? Someone once calculated the odds of 1 man even fulfilling 48 of those prophecies would have been 1x10 to the 157th power.
Allow me the visual of the size of that number.
The odds are 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,

It is beautiful to me that a God who works such incomprehensible numbers also knows the number of hairs on my head, and what I just thought.

I love the authenticity, because it serves as such a striking reminder, that He can, and will, use any of us if we are only willing. We don't have to be pillars of men in the way men see men. He doesn't require good looks and perfect abs. Eyes don't have to be blue, hair doesn't have to be blonde, and we don't need to wait until we are esteemed by mankind before we can qualify. That fluff simply doesn't matter. Jesus is looking at your heart, your availability, and your obedience. Here. Now. Today. Either stand up for Him or don't. There's no room for teeter-tottering on the excuse of uncertainty. There's too much truth and too little time to argue.

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