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Grace Moments Devotions - April 30, 2018

  • 2018 Apr 30

Beauty is soul deep
Jason Nelson

It is estimated that people around the world spend $160 billion annually trying to look beautiful, or at least not quite so homely (The Economist). Good looks are universally admired and are a blessing from God if you happen to get them. There is nothing wrong with making the most of one’s appearance. But we all have met nice-looking people who were not so attractive once we got to know them.

Western art usually depicts Jesus as a handsome chap who looks like he came from somewhere in Minnesota. But Isaiah said, “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,nothing in his appearance that we should desire him” (Isaiah 53:2). Jesus was an ordinary-looking Jewish guy of his time. In his suffering, he lookedlike one from whom men hide their faces” (verse 3). Intense pain disfigures a person’s appearance. Had we been there, we would have looked away. But we are drawn to him because his suffering was for us.

Mother Teresa wasn’t cute by cover girl standards. The plight of the poor, sick, and dying of Calcutta moved her to adorn herself with “the poverty of the cross” so she could minister to them. She didn’t turn away from the contagiously ill who lived like animals. She lived among them and worked to ease their suffering. The beauty of Christ isn’t superficial. It is soul deep in his followers.

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