My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. Isaiah 53:2
How incredible would it be if it could be said of us that we “grew up in the Lord’s presence”? That we lived our lives like Mary at Jesus’ feet, truly abiding in His fullness. Feasting on His goodness and truth, allowing Him to be our sustenance and provision. We would end up like Moses, face glowing as the inevitable reflection of God’s glory.
This is why people were drawn to Jesus: He radiated God. Eternally part of the God-head, Jesus lived His earthly life in constant communion with His Father by the Spirit, knowing that his “nourishment [came] from doing the will of God, who sent [him], and from finishing his work.” He may not have been physically attractive or charismatic; He might not have been an eloquent philosopher or public speaker; but He shone with the light of God, drawing desperate souls in this dark world.