Translations: Chinese GB Big5

The Messiah's Lowliness

Isaiah 53:1,2
Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 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.

Comment

Why did God send his Son in such lowliness? If nothing else to bar the kingdom from the proud. Not only in appearance, but also his speech and actions were stumbling blocks to the proud. He humiliated the religious elite and they crucified him for it. While God desires all men to be saved (1Tim 2:4), God only allows them to be saved on His terms, namely to accept Him for who He is as the person of Jesus Christ reveals, who is the image of the invisible God. For "the Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being" Heb 1:3 Jesus Christ said, "He who has seen Me has seen the Father" John 14:9 In Jesus Christ we see God's character, God's attitudes, God's ideas, and these are generally not acceptable to the world. The world would rather associate with the devil than with God; even the "religious elite" as Jesus said to them, "You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire" John 8:44

When God became a man he went unnoticed for 30 years. And even in his ministry few believed his message - and later few believed his messengers. God comes in lowliness - in humility. There is great treasure he offers but it is hidden in the field. One has to seek and search. One has to think deeply on what he says to truly understand. And his message is not attractive to our worldly senses. The gods of the world are proud, but God is not proud, He is humble, meek, lowly. He associates with the lowly, "I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit" Isaiah 57:15

As a father so his children, and so also as his messengers. For how are we to attract others to Christianity? Is it through outward appearance, pleasant music, messages and ideas which titillate their worldly senses? That appears to be how some Christians go about it. But of Jesus it is written that there was nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.


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