“Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
From the outside Jesus was not much to write home about.
He wasn’t handsome like Denzel…
He wasn’t rich like Bill Gates…powerful like Putin…or even as recognizable as Michael Jackson.
He was popular for a few short years but ended up betrayed, rejected and dead.
And even in His death, He was stricken, afflicted, pierced, chastised, crushed and suffered beyond all comprehension…by the very people who at one point had been His fans. Sad.
No wonder He was called the Man of Sorrows.
But whatever we may say or think of Jesus…He was no sheep!
He knew God’s path for Him and He followed it.
We on the other hand are all like sheep…foolish, helpless and desiring to go our own way. We are constantly hurting ourselves and getting lost because we refuse to listen to our loving guide.
Jesus is our guide and our guard…He is our good Shepherd. But we need to quiet down enough to hear His voice in order that we may follow Him…and lent is the perfect opportunity to do so.
As we fast and pray and give of ourselves, let’s also withdraw from all the noise, at least a few times a day just to hear and know which way to go.
Father, I marvel at the humility and compassion of Your Son. It is only through His wounds that mankind is healed. And I know that healing is available to me, but I’m so busy trying to be rich and famous that I don’t have the time always to listen to Him. Renew in me a new love and desire to daily come to a place and time of silent meditation where I may hear His voice and know which way to turn. In Christ’s Name, Amen.