bike in calcite

Day 206 There is no beauty that we should desire Him

The picture shows a bike that is stood under the waterfall at Mother Shipton’s well. It looks rather an ugly thing compared with the nature around it, or the stream running into this well.

stream to mother shipton
stream to mother shipton

Jesus came and according to the prophecy in Isaiah, it seems to suggest that he would not known for his looks. There is no beauty that we should desire Him. Despite all the hollywood films and others showing Jesus as having long blond hair and blue eyes, there is no real evidence about what he looked like. I say there is no real evidence, there are writing about his appearance ( www.thenazareneway.com ) but these seem very dubious and must be regarded as possible folklore rather than truth – they could possibly be true but who can know. Biblically here is what Isaiah says.

Isaiah 53:2-3

For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Back to Mother Shipton’s well! People came to bathe in and to drink from, thinking it had magical powers. There is a wishing well that many dip their hands into and make a wish. Some wishes may have come true and others may not. There is certainly no magical power here but there may be power of the mind. If you believe you will get better it may help – a positive attitude is always to be recommended. But there is more to this well than meets the eye. It is a well that is a natural spring fed by a lake many hundreds of feet underground, not affected by the conditions of the weather. It has been purified by the natural process and has many nutrients within it as well as calcite sediment which when this washes over anything over a long period ( a few months) will cover that item in calcite thus making it look like it has turned to stone, and there we have the magical folklore that has been built up.

Nature has a knack of turning our ugly crude creations into wonder places of nature, gradually over time. Just look at shipwrecks that are now wonderful havens for coral, plants and sea life. Eventually this bike will become a wonderful haven for life if left (and not taken out and displayed as a wonderful creation of the magical well!)

Let’s turn this back to Jesus. He came and preached the good news and many deserted him. They turned away and chose not to receive the wonderful news of the gospel.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
He came and told us He was the life, the bread of life, and many including many of his disciples left him. It seems a simple enough message. Follow what Jesus tells you, and He will lead you all to eternal life. The message is wonderful and good, but still many chose to satisfy their own needs, to put being busy and being someone who follows with the crowd before following God.
Even when Jesus was on the cross dying for the very sins that we have and will commit, dying for many on this earth past and present. Jesus does not want us to be crucified for him, but if we are we can be sure that he will be there for us. He has given us this gift now, we only need to grasp it. There is nothing we can do to work our way to God, as Jesus offered the gift freely for all.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
All his greatest apostles turned away from him. Perhaps the only support he had there was John, and the women disciples and his mother.
Dear Lord, I pray that we can all stop rejecting you and accept every single line that you feeds to us, everyday through the Holy Spirit. I pray that we do not focus on physical beauty but the beauty of the soul.
Amen

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