Disdained Beauty

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Original photo is of the sunrise over the South Pacific Ocean by NASA Expedition 35 

Daily Reformation, Isaiah 53:1-5

From the Reformer

“He hath no form nor comeliness.” This must be understood to relate not merely to the person of Christ, who was despised by the world, and was at length condemned to a disgraceful death; but to his whole kingdom, which in the eyes of men had no beauty, no comeliness, no splendor, which, in short, had nothing that could direct or captivate the hearts of men to it by its outward show. Although Christ arose from the dead, yet the Jews always regarded him as a person who had been crucified and disgraced, in consequence of which they haughtily disdained him.

—John Calvin, Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Pulling It Together

All of his friends, to a person, told him that she was not really very pretty. Yet to him she was more than attractive; she was beautiful. He was puzzled and even hurt because he could not for the life him see why they did not find her just as beautiful as he found his girlfriend to be. He did not know how to explain it nor did he care to, after a time. All he knew was that her beauty had touched him deeply.

It is the same with Jesus. The world looks upon him with disdain and even hatred, or at best as an ancient teacher. But to all who by the grace of God have received him by believing in his name, he is beautiful. To those children of God, he is full of grace and glory. (John 1:12-14)

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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