HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY
2 Corinthians 3:18
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
I Have always been fascinated with pictures of Jesus. I have many memories of going with my mom to the store and seeing (use to) pictures of Jesus here and there for sale. My mother even carried an plastic card (like a credit card) picture of Jesus in her wallet. Of course, of the pictures in the stores I knew that’s probably not what Jesus looked like; I mean, who could imagine Jesus having red hair, and a feminine face? But looking in Isaiah 53 we see a different picture of Jesus.
There were no cameras in Jesus’ time. Even a painted portrait would have been too costly for poor people such as Joseph and Mary’s family to afford. So, we don’t know exactly how Jesus looked. The Scriptures abound with stories of how Jesus responded to the circumstances in His life. And, from that we can piece them together for an accurate picture of the real Jesus- His person, His character, and His mission.
Let’s look at Who Jesus was, First, Jesus was a Galilean who grew up in the city of Nazareth and was considered a Nazarene (Matthew 2:23; Matthew 26:69; John 7:41); He was a Son of Abraham and was poor all His life (2 Corinthians 8:9). He had little interest in the things that many others struggled and fought to possess. In fact, He spoke out against the snare that riches can be to one’s soul.
He kept a close relationship with (His) our Heavenly Father. He poured His life out for others; reaching to them, taking time for outcasts and the downtrodden, and healing and teaching them. He loved children and told many stories (parables). He re-established God’s original purposes and made known mysteries to many that had been hidden from the beginning of the world and clarified laws and the offering of grace and mercy through His sacrifice; showing it to any and all who would receive Him and His love.
He cleansed the Temple (Mark 11:15-17), He sharply rebuked the Jews, the proud, lawyers, Pharisees, self-righteous (Matthew 23), He shed tears at Lazarus’ grave; raising him from the dead, and wept over Jerusalem (Mt 23:37), He was tempted but never sinned. Jesus is the Greatest Person ever born on Earth. History begins and ends with Him. He was (and still is) God, and He was man. God in the form of human mankind, Who came, loved us, left and is coming back again. What a picture!