I remember several years ago having a conversation with one of my high schoolers. We were talking about life and love. So I just asked her if she had a goal or a list of what she was looking for in a future husband. Her response was: “I want a guy who is like Jesus. Good looking, kind, and well liked.” I’m not sure where we got this notion that Jesus was good looking. The picture we have in our head of Jesus was drawn hundreds of years ago by an artist drawing a portrait of his best friend.
Nice. But not Jesus.
The bible I think paints a pretty good image of who Jesus was. Isaiah 53:2-3 says:
He didn’t have an impressive form
or majesty that we should look at Him,
no appearance that we should desire Him.
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.
So I don’t think my student had taken in to account these verses when she said what she said. I think we feed this false sense of who Jesus was, to feed our desire of who we want him to be. Thinking of serving an unattractive Jesus, doesn’t sound appealing to us. Because we live in a generation that believes that with great looks come great fame and wealth, because that’s what the media tells us. If you have good looks you have a lot going on for yourself. Unfortunately that has trickled over into the church. Most communicators that are well known, are what most people would consider good looking. Most worship teams are full of people that most people would consider good looking. Because we are a generation that will buy anything that’s attractive.
But the beauty of Jesus is that we are the most unattractive people, because sin lives in us. But he still died on a cross to remove that sin from us. Instead of trying to get people to come to Christ, based on what we think his looks might have been. The attractive qualities of Christ are in two verses later Isaiah 53:4-5
Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses,
and He carried our pains;
but we in turn regarded Him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced because of our transgressions,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on Him,
and we are healed by His wounds.
He bore our sins so that we wouldn’t have to, he was pierced for our transgressions so that we wouldn’t have to deal with the pain. I think that is attractive enough, & a reason enough for anyone to live life for him.