For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
– Isaiah 53:2
Consider Jesus our Savior. He was unimpressive to the people. He was a nobody, or so it seemed. He was not royalty. He was not wealthy. He wasn’t even a Roman – which in that day meant he wasn’t much. He was a common Jew – part of a defeated nation. And he wasn’t even from Jerusalem, but backwoods Nazareth. Can anything good come out of Nazareth? He hung around with sinners and tax collectors. Nothing impressive about that! When you looked at him, you didn’t see majesty or beauty. He was just a common person, someone like you and me. He was unimpressive.
And yet this young plant was the shoot that would come forth from the stump of Jesse; this root out of dry ground was the branch from Jesse’s roots that would bear fruit (Isaiah 11:1). This unimpressive man was the promised Messiah King! And “of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of host will do this” (Isaiah 9:6).
Father, help us to look beyond the unimpressive exterior,
and perceive the glory of our Messiah King.