The Mind-Blowing Magnificent Brilliance Of Jesus

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:1-5

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.

Genesis 1:1-4

I’ve pretty much always associated the “Let there be light” moment as an incredibly apt and poetic description of the big bang – an immense explosion of light, so much light that it coalesces into all of the matter of the universe. Incredible. Also, as a side note, almost directly observable – our telescopes can pick up what the universe looked like starting from about 30 minutes after the big bang. Only pretty recently have I started to associate Jesus as “the Word of God” with God’s words, “Let there be light”, and this has been kind of blowing my mind recently – Jesus as the created light so good and brilliant that indeed all things were made through and of it.

He Had No Form Or Majesty That We Should Look At Him

One revelation that I had about Isaiah 53:2 is that it’s not saying that Jesus was ugly…instead, I think it’s saying that he was completely forgettable in appearance. This lines up with a few things:

  • Jesus was a common name, the “John Smith” of the day.
  • Men in society tend to be ignored. While girls and women have to deal with too much unwanted attention, guys have the opposite problem – in most situations everyone around us in society basically just dismisses us. Most of the time we feel like the aptly titled The Son Of Man, sometimes colloquially known as The Faceless Businessman.

I think what all of this adds up to is a sort of broader lesson that Christ’s image is in everyone, and for us all to not let anyone slip by our notice without realizing that we should love them like Christ.