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.