Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder

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“He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him”. ~ Isaiah 53:2

Isaiah prophesied about the coming of Christ many years before His birth in Bethlehem. And his description of Jesus was rough. Jesus was certainly not the Kardashian of His day. He did not have women swooning over Him. There were no paparazzi taking His photo. And He was not turning heads as He walked the streets of Jerusalem. Isaiah said He had no beauty, splendor, or majesty to attract people’s attention. He was a regular John Doe of His day.

So what was it that captured everyone’s intrigue? Why did Jesus have crowds following Him every where He went? He often tried to steal away to a quiet place, but was found out by the locals every place He traveled. Something attracted their attention. And it must have been deeper than outer beauty.

Jesus said He was like a deep spring of living water. His power and beauty came from a source no one could see. It was this inner splendor and majesty that attracted the people. And the same inner splendor is available to those who follow Jesus.

Most of us, like Christ, are not the “beautiful people”. It is not our appearance that captures the attention of others. But we can be like Christ. We can have an inner source of power and beauty that comes from God above. Jesus remained connected to the Father at all times, and it was this connection that filled Him with the glory of heaven. You and I can find our strength, power, and splendor as we also remained connected to the Father above. It is our time spent with God in prayer that produces a mysterious majesty in our inner being.

During Advent, look to the One who had nothing to attract us but the transforming splendor of God. Connect yourself to the Source of majesty and splendor and discover a heavenly beauty in your soul.

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