When I understood that Ernie, Ruth, Karine and Ezra had come to Portland to see me while I was sleeping my first thought was, Oh, good – now my friends will how beautiful my children are.
PS. They’re really smart, too – all of my nephews and nieces – in addition to the good looks. I’m just saying.
So I’m a little biased. It is what it is. I do, however, try to be ungrudging when it comes to confirming for other people that their children are cute.
I was getting stretched out today at the Running Gym and suddenly a wiry little guy in a bright orange t-shirt appeared out of the corner of my eye. He was just saying “Goodbye” and “Thank you” to Coach R since their session was over. That boy was so polite – as he walked away I was like, That is a well-mannered child.
I guess it’s easy to like kids who are cute, smart, and polite. Moses’ mom saw that he was a “goodly child” and hid him for three months instead of throwing him in the river as Pharaoh had decreed (Exodus 2.2). My rough translation is that baby Moses was cute as a button.
It fascinates me that many great figures in the Bible were good looking. I’ve already mentioned Moses, but there was also Joseph (“a goodly person and well favoured” Gen 39.6), David (“ruddy, and of a fair countenance” 1 Sam17.42), and Daniel (who was taken to Babylon since he was good looking and smart, too Dan1.4). I’m sure there are more, but I need to go to bed soon. If you think of anyone else let me know.
But the pattern is broken when it comes to the Lord Jesus. When people looked at Him “there [was] no beauty that we should desire him” (Isaiah 53.2).
There was an element of physical attractiveness in the characters who populated the flannel boards of our childhood Sunday School classrooms. Of course, the more important factor was the kind of men they grew to be – but it’s interesting to me that they “looked” the part.
Based on what the Word says in Isaiah 53 I don’t think people followed the Lord Jesus bc of what He looked like. I love the fact that while He could have chosen any human form to take He confounded the wisdom of this world and chose one that did not look the part.
So why did people follow Him?
Because they heard what He said and concluded, “Never man spake like this man” (John 7.46). Grown men left everything and followed Him bc what they heard and how He treated people was so compelling they were like, I want to be near that.