Monday, January 23, 2012

What is beautiful in God’s eyes?

What would you suppose God sees as beautiful?

From God’s perspective, the Creator of all beauty, there is one thing that He considers ultimately beautiful. If you guessed Jesus, you’d be sort of right! It actually has something to do with Jesus’ feet.

Now when Jesus was on this earth, He wasn’t considered beautiful...or even movie star handsome. The Bible tells us “He had no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him”. Is. 53:2 
The Message Bible puts it this way:  There was nothing [particularly] attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look.  He didn’t want anyone following Him just because He was a great looking guy.
I once had a friend who was a model.  Now if you saw her, you would probably be surprised. Yes, she was super thin but she had rather plain features. Yet she made her living as a Sears catalog model--for shoes!  She had beautiful feet!  That kind of beauty wasn’t what the Old Testament writer Isaiah meant when he wrote “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those who bring the good news [of salvation].” (vs. 52:7) The idea here is that those who tell others the way to find God are beautiful. Beauty isn’t something you ARE, rather it’s something you DO.

Jesus’ feet are the feet that brought the good news to us, that told us how to know God, how to be in relationship with God--through His death on the cross to pay the penalty due for our sins. Jesus—the ultimate beauty that brought us good news. We too can have beautiful feet as we share the good news about Jesus with others.

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