Often the beauty of Jesus is not seen in the lives of His creation.
What is seen are people trying to get ahead anyway possible, others seeking revenge, spiteful actions, jealousy, and hatefulness. Some think they deserve more than others, or that they are better than others. These are not the things Jesus left for examples of how to live. The true Christian knows that the beauty of Jesus must be seen in their lives each day. God loved all men and sent Jesus to die for the sins of all men.
When one looks at the life of Jesus, they can see His love for all.
Looking at the characteristics of Jesus’s life will help one to become more like Him. An old hymn talks about the “beauty of Jesus and how it should be seen in the lives of His followers.
The beauty of Jesus is seen in His compassion. He went about doing good. Jesus took the time to care for the sick, comfort the bereaved, and many other good things. A leper was to be avoided, but Jesus healed his illness. At the tomb of Lazarus, the Lord stood and wept. Not only did He care for the physical needs of people; He was concerned about their spiritual needs. On one occasion the Bible tells us He was “... moved with compassion...” because the multitude was as a flock without a shepherd (Matt. 9:36). Jesus tender love and compassion serves as an example for men to follow.
The beauty of Jesus is seen in His love. Prejudice did not have a place in the life of the Lord. This is clearly seen as He talked with a Samaritan woman (Jno. 4:6ff). She even asked Him about this; “Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans” (John 4:9). Not only did He talk with her, He taught her and her people. To Jesus it did not matter what nationality a person was, what mattered was they had a soul. Prejudice comes from many areas. Some fail to see their own prejudice while claiming that others are prejudice. Jesus sees all men the same, everyone has a soul that needs to be saved.
Christians today should see men as Jesus sees them.
The beauty of Jesus is seen in His willing sacrifice.
He left the glories of heaven to take on the form of man and to die at Calvary for mankind (Phil. 2:5-11). Man did not take His life; He freely gave it for man. “Therefore, doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father (John 10:17,18). Peter told those on the day of Pentecost that Jesus had been delivered by the “determinate council and foreknowledge of God”.
This was God’s plan to save man, and Jesus knew how His life would end on the earth, hanging on a cross as an innocent man.
He did this willingly. He died and was buried but came forth from the grave triumphant over death (Luke 24).
The beauty of Jesus is seen in His willingness to forgive. From the very cross where He was slain came these words, “...Father forgive them... (Luke 23:34). What beauty is seen in those words. At a time when He could have called for the death of those who crucified Him, the beauty of His nature is seen. Forgiveness must be a part of the Christians life if this part of the Lord’s beauty is to be seen.
Nowhere is a spirit of hatefulness or revenge portrayed by Jesus.
May the beauty of Jesus be seen in the lives of all, follow His example, obey the Father (Acts 2:38), become a Christian and live a life of “the beauty of Christ” before all men.