How do you see Him?
Pleading and praying in the Garden of Gethsemane?
Broken and bleeding on the cross?
Preaching and teaching followers on a hillside?
Being baptized in the Jordan River?
As an almost teen, amazing teachers in the Temple?
Forgiving and giving hope to a Samaritan woman?
In the street triumphantly entering Jerusalem past cheering crowds?
Welcoming and blessing playful children?
Defending a women from stones aimed to kill?
Surrounded by hurting ill people waiting for miracles?
Toppling tables in the Temple courtyard?
Greeting Mary Magdeline as she weeps near the empty tomb?
Laughing with friends at the Wedding in Cana?
Showing His hands and side to Thomas?
Calming the storm or walking on the sea?
Sitting on the throne or sitting beside you?
I began thinking about this last week as I read an article which questioned Diogo Morgado as the right choice to portray Jesus in the film SON OF GOD. Some say he is too attractive.
There was nothing beautiful or majestic about His appearance, nothing to attract us to Him. Isaiah 53:2
So I wonder, how do you see Him?
Since Jesus walked on earth, people have tried to capture Him in words, art, and film. But the important question is not how he is portrayed, but how do we see Him?
And how well we know Him will influence how we see Him.
Wednesday the season of Lent begins. Countless followers around the world will fast from something for the next six weeks as a reminder of Jesus’ sacrifice. I’d like to invite you to spend the days until Easter asking yourself, “How do I see Him?” Maybe it depends on the time, place, or circumstances . . . but now is the time to know your answer.
Let’s start with who He says He is:
“Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” Matthew 14:27
“Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
Then the high priest asked Him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus said, “I Am. And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Mark 14:61-62
The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus told her, “I Am the Messiah!” John 4:25-26
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.” John 10:11
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. John 11:25
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:6
I wonder if His physical appearance matters. What counts is how you see Him. How I see Him. May we be blessed to see Him as Beautiful Savior, Emmanuel, Lord of lords, King of kings, and Almighty God.
How do you see Him?