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JESUS WASN’T BEAUTIFUL, BUT YOU ARE

JESUS WASN’T BEAUTIFUL, BUT YOU ARE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.

Isaiah 53:2b NKJV

Jesus Christ walked up Calvary’s hill burdened with the weight of the cross. He was a bloody mess from the intense beatings, almost unrecognizable. The rough wood irritated his wounds of raw flesh. Crimson stains streaked down His cheeks. As Isaiah prophesied, there was nothing beautiful about Him that anyone should desire Him.

Have you ever felt like that? Like you have nothing that anyone would desire? Like you are not beautiful? Are the words “unworthy” and “unlovable” part of your self-image?

Perhaps you have tried to run from your past, but it always catches up with you. The words that cut like a knife. The innocence someone stole. God wants to heal your heart. When He saw Jesus on the cross, He saw beauty, and that is how God sees you.

Jesus went to the cross so we can have beauty for ashes (Is. 61:3). Jesus knows your pain because He was abused, forsaken, and rejected. He loves you, and Jesus came to heal the broken-hearted (Is. 61:1).

Jesus loves broken people. He waited by the well for the Samaritan woman. She was an outcast. She had gone from one shattered relationship to another. She didn’t feel beautiful or worthy of love, especially from a Jew, and certainly not from the Messiah, but there He sat, waiting for her. Jesus knew her past, and He loved her, giving her the living water.

Sister, that’s what Jesus wants to do for you. Commit your life to Him. Let the Great Physician begin His healing work. Jesus Christ wants you to see yourself as “the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God” (1 Pet. 3:4). Did you see that? You are precious in the sight of God.

The devil will whisper lies, but never let anyone tell you that you are anything less than the beautiful beloved child of the King.

Father, heal the hearts of hurting people today. Thank You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 4:5-30.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Can you identify with the woman at the well? If so, talk to Jesus just like you were sitting with Him at the well. He desires communion with you.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Throwback Thursday: Witness During Suffering

 

WITNESS DURING SUFFERING

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you,

today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

Luke 23:43

No one has suffered greater than our Lord when He was nailed to a wooden cross to die for our sins. Yet, during His ordeal, He took the time and the strength to assure the thief on the cross of his salvation. Jesus had been severely beaten, bruised and wounded. His body was traumatized, but He made the effort to speak.

I thought about what it took just for Him to speak. He was in so much agony and every breath was difficult.

We can learn from our Lord’s selfless actions. We can witness to others during our trials. I never cease to be amazed when I hear a believer proclaiming the mercies of God rather than complaining about their situation. It blesses my heart to hear praises ascend to heaven as they thank God for entrusting them with a trial. It is wonderful when Christians use their hospital stay to witness to everyone who enters their room.

When we witness and praise God through our afflictions, we are glorifying God. We are also encouraging other saints. Even if they are not going through their own trial, they will remember your words and your attitude. The unsaved will hear and take notice that this is something different. They may see their need for salvation.

Our sufferings will never compare to those of our Lord. However, we can honor and glorify Him, encourage other believers, and spread the gospel. Remember His sufferings. Remember His words.

Lord Jesus,

Help us always witness to people, but especially when we are suffering. Prepare the hearts of those who we will come in contact with today to hear from You. Amen.DIG DEEPER

Read Luke 23:39-43.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Make a plan to witness to one new person this week.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.