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The Unrecognizable Messiah

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 2, 2009

Isaiah 53:2 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.

Continuing look at Isaiah 53.

If you walked down the street in the days of Jesus on earth, say about 10 B.C., you could pass right by Jesus and never recognize him. Ten years later, you still wouldn’t recognize him or probably even be drawn to him. Even when He is 30, there is nothing about His presence that would make you fall down before Him. It wasn’t His looks that drew people, it was what came from Jesus lips and hands that made people come out in droves.

Why is this relevant? If you aren’t looking for the right Jesus, you will pass right by.

The leaders of that day saw the same Jesus that the people saw.  Except for a couple brave souls, the leaders did not fall over themselves to listen to Jesus; instead, they plotted how they might kill this rebel.  

You see, Jesus wasn’t doing it their way, or the way they were taught and were teaching others.  His approach rubbed them wrong, and it must be dealt with.  They missed Jesus – passed right by.

Don’t make Jesus fit your image of what Jesus should be, you will miss him.  Don’t just look for a loving God without being open to the fact that He is equally holy and cannot tollerate sin in His presence.  Don’t look for the peace of Christ without understanding that his anger and wrath are equally terrifying.

There is no better balanced person in the universe than God.  Perfect if love perfect in holiness, calls you son and calls you slave.  

You need to be like Paul who said, “I want to know him in the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his suffering.” If you leave either out, you are missing who Jesus is.


One Response to “The Unrecognizable Messiah”

  1. Wow, that is powerful. One time a friend, my RU director, preached about “Another Jesus” from 2 Cor 11:4.

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