Daily devotional: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Daily devotional: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Daily Devotional: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Scripture Reading

Isaiah 53:2b (KJV)

2b He hath no form nor comeliness, and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

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He hath no form nor comeliness;

Isaiah is describing the coming Messiah. Jesus. Do you know what Jesus looked like? Does anyone know what Jesus looked like?

Here Isaiah describes what the Messiah will look like. Isaiah says He will have no “form” or “comeliness.”

Form is shape, so the Messiah won’t have a buff body.

Comely is good-looking, so the Messiah won’t be handsome.

Isaac’s wife, Rachel, was “beautiful of form and face” (Genesis 29:17) and Isaac desired her.

and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

Isaiah tells God’s people that, when they see the Messiah, it won’t be like Isaac seeing Rachel. There will be nothing in the Messiah’s appearance to attract them.

So what did Jesus look like? You’ve seen pictures that were supposed to be Jesus in Bible story books. What did those pictures look like? Did the artist draw a man who was good-looking?

We should never make pictures of Jesus. Pictures of Jesus lie about Him. We draw an idol. We make Him look like what we wish He looked like.

What did Jesus look like? About 750 years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah said Jesus would not be good-looking and no one would be attracted to Him.

Isaiah kept telling God’s people hard things about the Messiah.

Questions

Could God have made His son good-looking and handsome?
Why didn’t God make Jesus good-looking and handsome?
The Bible says man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart. Do you know how to look at someone’s heart?

Song of the Week

Jesus Paid It All

I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small,
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”

Refrain:
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy pow’r and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone. [Refrain]

For nothing good have I
Where-by Thy grace to claim;
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb. [Refrain]

And when, before the throne,
I stand in Him complete,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
My lips shall still repeat. [Refrain]

Prayer for the Day

All-seeing God, we know You don’t judge by outward appearance but by who we are deep inside. You command us to be holy and true in our hearts and in our minds. Keep us, Lord, from secret sins, forgive us for pretending to be what we’re not, give us grace to live honestly before You and others, and make us by Your Spirit to be truly holy from the inside out.

Other prayer requests

Peace and love to rule in our homes
Provision for us as families and as a church
Repentance for our nation

Scripture Memory this Week

Isaiah 53:5-6 (KJV)
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.


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Pastor of Trinity Reformed Church since 1996, Tim and Mary Lee have five children and lots of grandchildren. Tim's books include "Daddy Tried," The Grace of Shame," "Church Reformed," and a new book for elders. Tim spent ten years in the PC(USA) and twenty in the PCA. He's now a member of Evangel Presbytery.

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