Wednesday, October 3, 2007

His Visage Was So Marred

I’ve come to the conclusion that the main reason we don't like watching the crucifixion is not that we have some noble feelings for Jesus going through such pain, you know, compassion and all that. But rather that his appearance is a perfect reflection of the corruption of our hearts.

(Isa 52:14) As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men.

Yes I know, most applications of this verse are made in regards to Jesus' literal appearance on the cross. But figuratively speaking, from the vantage point of the Jews of his day and right from the start of his public ministry, his "appearance" was so "disfigured" because their hearts, (like ours,) were so disfigured that they didn't recognize him for Who he was. That disfigurement was then unleashed upon Jesus when he went to Calvary. On the cross, He is "our heart" nailed there. Nasty, isn't it?

...and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

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