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Somewhat Tall and Comely

The Head of Christ in the SunThe Early Church Fathers sometimes described as the "Christian Fathers" or "Fathers of the Church" seemed to have little interest in Jesus personal appearance. One early Roman source, although some claim it to be false, was from a purported letter from Publius Lentullus (BC 27-14 AD) in Rome to the Senate about Jesus. He described Jesus as "a medium sized man, and comely, with very reverent countenance, his hair the color of chestnut in the midst of his hair a part like other Nazarenes his beard thickish and his eyes gray." Maybe the disciples were was so completely immersed in the life of the new faith that preoccupation with Jesus appearance would have taken away from the relevance of their mission.✞

To Be Like Him

Jesus Wall MuralHis disciples aspired to be like him in personality and character rather than in any other way. He was no ordinary human being anyway but deity itself. The Body of Christ in Jesus was and is the primary and inspirational model for the New Testament church and the church of today. Jesus himself rather than his appearance is also the source for our being at the beginning of the Twenty First Century. This model, when rediscovered, will provide each of us personally with a clear and focused model for our own Christian lives. Jesus, himself, is the archetype for our Christian lives. We discover the universal purpose for Jesus life when we see his purpose as the Father did rather than in discovering what he looked like.✞

Jesus' Career

Two Chalices, Bible and GrapesJesus' career is like a shapely chalice with a wide lip, narrow stem and broad base. In the cosmic realm, Jesus' life portrays a progression from glory (at the chalice lip) to humility (at the stem) and from lowliness to majesty (at the base.) We see Jesus one way, maybe in our mind's eye as a likeness of him but God views him in another way altogether.✞

Jesus God and Man

Malcolm MuggeridgeAs Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990 AD) a renowned British journalist and author put it this way, "Jesus, in the eyes of God, a man, and in the eyes of men, a God." At the Creation, Jesus had complete equality with God. He was and is divine in every respect. The crucial decision is made in Heaven that the Deity should take on a human being's personal appearance on earth as a man child, as a tiny helpless baby. Jesus volunteers. He lays his mantle of glory aside, leaves behind the worship of the angels, and undergoes a self-metamorphosis into a helpless human baby.

"Jesus Personal Appearance"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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