Clothes That Make the Person: Jesus
[The Servant of the Lord] has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. Isaiah 53:2
If you had lived in the first century, would you have recognized Jesus as the Messiah—Isaiah’s Servant of the Lord? Isaiah compared Him to a scrubby plant growing up in the parched landscape of Judea (53:2). On a dusty road you likely wouldn’t have given Him a second look. His clothes were typical of the day: plain and serviceable.
Yet when a sick woman reached out in a crowd and touched the hem of Jesus’ cloak, she was healed. Was there some power in Jesus’ garments? No—Jesus said it was her faith that resulted in her healing (Mark 5:34). Too often we put faith in the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). It was Jesus’ identity as the Son of God that brought healing, not His position or prominence or appearance.
The lesson for us is the same: It is what God has done in our lives that can help others. It doesn’t matter if we lack the riches of the world. God has given us the riches of His kingdom—it’s all we need to bring help and healing to others (Luke 12:32).
A man’s heart is what he is. R. B. Kuiper
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