We’ve all seen paintings of Jesus leading us to wonder how he really looked. Though not offering us much, Isaiah prophesied what the Lord’s appearance was going to be with a snippet of information…
He had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. Isaiah 53:2 (ESV)
Some have read Isaiah’s description to indicate that Jesus was homely or unattractive, but I think that the prophet is really saying that he would look pretty much like…the rest of us – very normal, I suppose, that is, for the prophesied Servant of Yahweh (Isaiah 52:13). In other words, you wouldn’t be able to see Jesus in a crowd of people and say, “Oh, that One must be the Son of God.”
But John got a different picture. When Jesus appeared before his beloved Apostle on the Island of Patmos, He didn’t look like a regular guy. He looked like the second person of the Trinity
…on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Revelation 1:12-17 (ESV)
What a glorious picture. It’s worth reading two or three times just to get an idea. Now, theologians surely have many ideas of what all this means, but overall, I think the Scriptural picture is there for us to see that Jesus is glorious, that Jesus is God.
And one day we will see Him just as He is. (1 John 3:2)