About half of women in the United States feel unattractive without makeup (source). Based on my Twitter stream, a good percentage of women struggle to build solid friendships with other women in their communities. We battle feelings of insecurity and insignificance. We wonder if we are good enough at mothering, wife-ing, homemaking, and ministering.
Based on the popularity of books like Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess,Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions,and What Women Fear: Walking in Faith, I’d guess that deep down, we all fight regularly with some questions about our purpose, our value, and our usefulness. The struggle and strain of flesh against spirit pits our comparing, competitive hearts against the Word of God that speaks to our value and significance to the Lord. We recognize our need for something more … for something better than rules or rituals or five-step plans or ten-step methods. We need a Redeemer.
The brokenness of our world has left us wounded and wondering, “God, do you see me? Are you aware?“
But God does not leave us in this wandering place … He has a plan, a plan for our wholeness. From the beginning of time, He looked ahead to the moment when He would rescue us. When He would reach down to redeem us … when the price would be paid to buy us back.
The price wasn’t gold or silver. The cost of our redemption was a lamb. The Lamb.
Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)
This Lamb was described for us in Isaiah 53. Sometimes I think we forget how very human Jesus was. Consider this description:
He had no form or beauty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hid their faces; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (Isaiah 53:2-3)
Did you catch that? Jesus was easy to miss. There was nothing about His appearance that made Him attractive, He wasn’t one of the “beautiful people.” He was rejected by others and even despised. His life was marked by sorrow and grief.
Friends, sometimes I feel very easy to miss. I feel ugly and unnoticed. I am all to aware that I’m not one of the “beautiful people.”
Jesus gets that! This person who came to redeem us, He gets us! He knows what it is to be unnoticed and unappreciated. He understands what it feels like not to be chosen.
God’s plan for redemption didn’t hinge on Jesus’ popularity, His appearance, or His abilities. And God’s plan for each of us doesn’t rely on our popularity, our appearance, or our abilities. Jesus is our Redeemer because God chose Him for the task … and because Christ chose obedience to the Father.
And you, sweet momma who is looking at the calendar and wondering how to keep your Christmas centered on Christ, remember this:
The very Person who is our Rescuer, our Redeemer, knows you. He knows your heart and your desires and your struggles. And His concern is YOU! He longs for you to experience still moments with Him, to allow His presence to wash over you.
Today, I invite you to linger in His presence … and to know that He is Immanuel, God with us.
What does it mean to you that Jesus “had no beauty that we should be attracted to Him?”
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