No Beauty That We Should Desire Him

by Pastor Ricky Kurth

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“Les Feldick taught that Isaiah 53:2 doesn’t mean the Lord Jesus was ugly, but that there was nothing in Him that would attract the Jews to Him as their King and Messiah. What do you say?”

I never thought about it that way, but Les is right! Isaiah wrote:

“…when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.”

In the context, we find a description of the Lord just a few verses earlier that has to be taken into consideration to determine what the prophet meant:

“…His visage was so marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men” (Isa. 52:14).

This is a picture of the Lord after the scourging they gave Him just before nailing Him to the cross. This somber image of what He endured to pay for our sins is what believers have in mind when the world observes “Good Friday”.

But that means Isaiah was saying there was nothing in Him that the “people” of Israel (53:8) would desire in a king. They rejected Him because they were looking for more of a “champion on a white horse who will save us from our enemies” kind of Messiah. The Lord may or may not have been a handsome man, but Isaiah wasn’t talking about the features that make up physical attraction.

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