“Hey, I heard you attended Dr. Smith’s conference! How was it?”
“Oh wow! Amazing!” My dermatology colleague beamed.
“I’m sure!” Dr. Smith was recognized as one of the top dermatopathologists in the world. Generations of dermatologists and dermatopathologists had learned his erudite approach to diagnosing skin diseases. His conferences were always sold out months in advance. I had attended a previous conference and was envious of my colleague for being able to attend this latest meeting.
“You know what he looks like, right?”
I nodded. He was slightly taller than six foot, bald, and his glasses completed the professorial visage. Always dapper in a three piece suit, wing-tips, and Italian ties, he was an old soul with an affinity for words drawn from Shakespearean English.
“I don’t know what it is, but when he talks, he is so eloquent, so intelligent…he becomes very sexy!”
I chuckled. Sexy can be translated in many different ways, but I knew what she meant. His baritone delivery, the content, all of it created an aura of power and knowledge. He was charismatic and he immediately commanded attention. This sounds familiar!
The Bible does give us an idea of what different saints of the Bible looked like. Saul, the first king of Israel, was described as follows:
And he had a choice and handsome son whose name was Saul. There was not a more handsome person than he among the children of Israel. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.
1 Samuel 9:2 (NKVJ)
His successor, King David, also was physically captivating.
So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking…
1 Samuel 16:12 (NKJV)
But for Jesus Christ, the Bible is silent about what Jesus looked like when He lived amongst us. Regardless, for thousands of years, artists have rendered their interpretations of what they imagined He looked like, but truthfully, no one really knows. All we know for sure is that His glorified Body will be awe inspiring.
His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;
Revelation 1:14-15 (NKJV)
These are powerful images and undoubtedly would cause anyone to collapse at His feet in fear and respect if we saw the glorified Jesus Christ. Yet, when He walked this Earth, Jesus commanded attention, not because of his physical attributes but by the words He spoke. Even His detractors acknowledged this.
…No man ever spoke like this Man!
John 7:46 (NKJV)
Jesus Christ was charismatic and He always drew crowds wherever He went. My colleague was correct about her impression of the renowned dermatopathology professor. It is not the physical attributes of a person that attract us, it is the content of their message. This is what draws anyone to listen to another.
Praise God for the Living Word of Jesus Christ!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.