Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know … (Acts 2:22, KJV)
All the perfections of manhood, all the physical intricacies and all the most holy ambitions, are not Christ.
The perfection of Christ was not His manhood but His Godhood. He was a man, as we are told, not designed by God to attract our eyes or even our estimation. Only imagine what He might have looked like had the Father pulled out all the genetic stops!
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. (Isaiah 53:2, NIV)
We do have eyes to behold beauty; we can see the loveliness in human face and form. Most of us make some attempt to present the least objectionable aspects of our physical defects, and some go far beyond! Cosmetics, stylists, personal trainers, and surgeons, too!
I do so want to be attested to by God! Do you not? Dorcas was remembered for her ministry to others. She has an eternal memorial in Scripture. Wow! Abraham – God told everyone that Abraham was His friend! I so desire that even signs and wonders might follow where I walk, because that would indicate that I am walking in the humility of Christ, Who did only what He saw the Father doing! Nobody might ever see or notice except the person whose life changed … fine with me!!!
It has been awhile since I decided to consider with all carefulness the things God HAS spoken concerning me, concerning us. That would keep us busy for a lifetime! Then we would be like our Lord in all things, for Who was He besides all that had been attested of Him by the Father? Before His birth! Savior, Son, Wonderful, Counselor, Almighty God, Prince of Peace …
Just as we may be all that has been attested to of God about us. I would write, So be it!, but it has been done.
Oh, Lord God! Oh, Father God! We are not Your Son, but You gave Him that we might share His life … who can thank You, who can admire Your grace and kindness, sufficiently? Only eternity … only eternity will afford us time enough! Oh, that you will be able to attest to our faith, our hope, and our love for Your Son and for others. Our hearty, Amen, Father, glorious God!
Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man
courtesy of Luc Viatour on Wikipedia, by permission