Cristie Ramirez: Knowing What is Truly Good and Beautiful

If Jesus were to walk into a room today, would you embrace Him? Many of us would immediately cry “Yes, of course!” What if he was not polished to perfection or handsome? What if he was dressed as a homeless person and covered in dirt? What then? Would you still embrace him?

Isaiah 53 describes Jesus this way, “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”

Jesus was not beautiful or attractive in his human form by the standard of outward appearances. Christians find Jesus beautiful – interestingly without having seen Him.

1 Samuel 16:7 tells us that “People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” As Christians, we know and assess what is beautiful by looking at the fruit of what comes from the heart.

Rejecting true beauty

Growing up I remember hearing people shaking their heads and saying, “If Jesus were to walk in right now in the clothes of a poor man, the people would run him out.” I did not quite understand what they meant at the time, but I do now. Sadly, Jesus does too.

In Matthew, Jesus gives the teachers of the law and the Pharisees a rebuke: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside, you appear to people as righteous, but on the inside, you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness!” (23: 27-28)

These are strong words from Jesus about what it means to be truly beautiful. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees have only the appearance of looking beautiful. Inside they are sinful. Sin is ugly and rejects what is true, good, and beautiful. When we reject those who are externally different in form or what we deem as unpleasant, we also reject Jesus.

When we do not care for the poor, the widows, the orphans, or the sick, we even do not care for Jesus (Matthew 25:43). Not to say that action is enough since the attitude of the heart is what God judges. So, sin rejects God, who is truly beautiful.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Cristie Ramirez