YOU SERVE THE GOD YOU SEE
By Coach Dave Daubenmire
September 29, 2011
Stop right there. Don’t read any farther than this paragraph. Close your eyes and imagine a picture of Jesus. Do it now. I’ll wait.
What did you see? What image did the thought of Jesus conjure up in your mind?
This isn’t a game…or a mind exercise…it is critically important. It speaks volumes about the way you live your life.
You serve the God you see.
I’m not talking about His physical attributes. At the risk of blasphemy…the size of His nose…or lips…or color of His hair…No one has ever seen the face of God and lived to tell about it. No one would be able to identify Him in a police line-up.
Jehovah…I AM…no one has ever looked Him in the eyes and lived.
Jesus is a bit of a different story. He took on the physical attributes of a human being and walked the earth. Many saw Him…walked with Him…as the incarnation of Jehovah’s Spirit in fleshly man.
But that would be a description of the “person” of God. The “person” Jesus is described in only a few places in the Bible. The closest thing we get to a description is in Isaiah 53:2b, “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.”
Most of what we think Jesus looked like comes from Hollywood, paintings, or (my favorite) Bible stories from children’s books. Most of the images we have of Jesus today are probably not accurate. Jesus was a Galilean, so He likely had dark skin, dark eyes, and dark hair. This is a far cry from the blond-haired, blue-eyed, fair-skinned, effeminate Jesus in many modern pictures.