Fresh Hope – 27th March 2019

Jesus is the single-most influential person who ever lived…and his influence doesn’t just rest in the past. Today a greater population of the world is Christian…more than ever before – just under 19 million new people decide to follow Jesus every year.

When we read about the person of Jesus, we never read of his appearance. Living in a day and age rather obsessed with looks and appearance, it seems bizarre that there would not be a description in the scriptures of how he looked. We can therefore conclude that Jesus was not remembered for what he wore, or what he looked like, but rather for whom he was! His character outshone it all.

Let Jesus remind us that we also will not be remembered for how we looked. What will go down in history is not our appearances, but rather our character. In a world that can emphasize the superficial qualities of a person, let us be sure to tend to the inner workings of who we are – for this is what will count.

I love Tim Keller’s description of the beauty of Jesus, ‘Jesus combines high majesty with the greatest humility, he joins the strongest commitment to justice with astonishing mercy and grace, and he reveals a transcendent self-sufficiency and yet entire trust and reliance upon his heavenly Father. We are surprised to see tenderness without any weakness, boldness without harshness. Readers can discover for themselves his unbending convictions but complete approachability, his insistence on truth but always bathed in love, his power without insensitivity, integrity without rigidity, passion without prejudice’.

Wow! My desire is to pursue a character like that of the above, for this is beauty that will leave a legacy!

In the words of 2 Corinthians 4:16, ‘Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day’. Ironically the part of us that the world emphasises, is the part that is wearing out, it is our inner being that is becoming more and more beautiful as we walk with Jesus. Follow Jesus’ example and focus your energies on what will really count – the parts of us that perhaps people don`t see.

Emma Burchell

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