Beauty of the Lord Jesus

beholdinggodsbeauty“One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.” (Psalm 27:4)

My friend called me upon arrival at a local Walmart. After catching up on our news, his voice suddenly changed to a frustrated tone. “Why do these women dress like this? I swear they’re practically naked! Seriously, why do they do this?”

“Well,” I responded, knowing what he was referring to, “Some of them might be doing so for comfort’s sake in the hot weather. Others do so just to attract attention to themselves, and some for a turn-on.” How is that for an answer? What would you opine on such a subject? Some may suggest men keep their eyes to themselves. They should. Just as women should dress modestly as the Bible tells us.

No matter what may catch our eyes and attention in this world, it cannot measure up to the one who “is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:15-16) Good things should center us on His beauty; after all, He made them. I walk in some local woods that just take my breath away. How easily the beauty of those woods could come to overshadow the One, who made them. But nothing can match the majesty and beauty of the Lord Jesus.

There are numerous not so good things as well, and these should quickly remind us that this world has fallen down and can’t get up. Again, in looking upon idols of whatever kind (there are lots of kinds, including half-naked women), we should seek instead to behold the beauty of the Lord. That is much easier said than done, is it not? We love to fashion our idols to be mighty cute. But nothing can match the majesty and beauty of the Lord Jesus.

The Psalmist declares he desires one thing: to be completely wrapped up in a relationship with the Lord, beholding His beauty always. Can we say the same thing? Even in this land of a million and one idols? If our answers cause us discomfort, what might we do? I suggest we curl up with the four Gospels in our laps. Observe Jesus as He moves and lives and has His being upon this earth. His is a beautiful life, a servant’s life, a sacrificial life. He is the one “who knew no sin {that became} sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Watch Jesus as He acts and interacts with all kinds of people in all sorts of situations. Let us purpose to dwell with Jesus and behold His beauty. Yes, there may be times we avert our eyes and attention to other things in this world, (even good things), yet nothing can match the majesty and beauty of the Lord Jesus.

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