Our Humanness Revealed

All Scripture references are taken from the HCSB translation.

The question of the ages might just be, “What does it mean that he had no form or comeliness?” This comes to us from Isaiah 53:2, but to find the answer we should read the entire 53rd chapter of Isaiah. 

“Who has believed what we have heard? And who has the arm of the Lord been revealed to? 2 He grew up before Him like a young plant and like a root out of dry ground. He didn’t have an impressive form or majesty that we should look at Him, no appearance that we should desire Him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like someone people turned away from; He was despised, and we didn’t value Him.” Isaiah 53:1-3.

The best suggestion that I am able to give anyone is to read the 53rd chapter of Isaiah for this is the foremost contextual evidence that speaks of the coming Messiah. Remember that when the Word (Logos) became flesh and lived among us He never sought the approval of anyone, but that of the Father. He did not come to please or to satisfy the desires of anyone in or near Jerusalem. Jesus only came to redeem mankind from sin and He accomplished that at the Crucifixion.

Please note verse 3, “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like someone people turned away from; He was despised, and we didn’t value Him.” I think that this verse provides an answer to your question for if He had a physical appearance that anyone would have wanted to gaze upon and desire no one would have chosen to despise Him. They would have implored Him to be a Monarch or Military leader. Rather the Logos was despised and generally hated among His peers. What He commanded few wanted to do and that was obedience to the commands of God, that is, His teachings, “Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it You’re going to reveal Yourself to us and not to the world?”

23 Jesus answered, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 The one who doesn’t love Me will not keep My words. The word that you hear is not Mine but is from the Father who sent Me.” John 14:22-24.

Our Humanness Revealed

Judas asked the Christ, “Lord, how is it You’re going to reveal Yourself to us and not to the world?” And a part of Jesus’ answer in verse 24 is quite revealing for He tells us just how ‘self-centered’ we really are, “The one who doesn’t love Me will not keep My words…” Everyone who claims to know the Lord as Savior and Lord will follow His teachings. This is not implied, this is a stated fact, “As He was saying these things, many believed in Him. So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:30-32 and again, “If you love Me, you will keep My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you.” John 14:15-17.  The point is, we are to serve Him and not to seek anything for ourselves in return. 

Paul writes, “Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross.  For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow—of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth—and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:4-11.

Constitutional Liberty

This is a ‘spin-off’ of the subject at hand, but I think it can be mentioned here. Amid the Covit-19 pandemic we have been asked, and in some cities, orders have been given that we not meet in mass gatherings, such as church assemblies, or fines will be subjected. And the question has been raised, “Should we be forced to relent our Constitutional liberties?”

There is a very fine line that has been drawn and each American must look very, very carefully at it. At what point should we stand up and cry “Foul,” or “Enough is Enough?” For this I have no sufficient answer that can be given for everyone. But as for me? I must say that if allowed, the government will do as much as is allowed by us, for in this Republic those who govern are truly working for us and not the other way around. There are some in sit in those hallowed desks in Congress and walk those hallowed halls of the Capitol Building that desire to be the sovereign over us. This is far from what the Constitution allows, but what we allow them will certainly be taken from ‘We the People…’ 

We must now decide if we are to follow in lockstep with our elected leaders and some who are but appointed officials or as Joshua wrote, “But if it doesn’t please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh.” Joshua 24:15.

Our Humanness is revealed when we fail to recognize the Sovereign God who is the foundation of our Republic and the Constitution which governs us or sit silent as our Constitutional liberties slip away unnoticed. Just a thought.

Jesus is Lord.

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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