All that glitters is not gold. Good things do not always come in nice packages. Jesus Christ did not come in a package that was acceptable to this world. The picture that we have of Jesus, the portraits that people have painted, the way that Jesus has been portrayed by Hollywood, and by the churches is notJesus Christ.
The prophet Isaiah describes Jesus Christ, we read in Isaiah chapter 53 verse 3: “He has no stately form or Majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows acquainted with grief, and like one from whom men hide their face. He was despised and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted but He was pierced through for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities, the chastisement for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. He was oppressed and He was afflicted yet He did not open His mouth Like a lamb that was led to slaughter, like a sheep that was silent before His shearers, so He did not open His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due? His grave was assigned with wicked men yet, He was with a rich man in his death, because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth; but the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief. If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days and the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand, as a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied by His knowledge, the righteous One, My Servant will justify many has He will bear their iniquities, therefore I will allot Him a portion with the Great, and He will divide the booty with a strong, because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors, yet He Himself bore the sin of many and interceded for the transgressors.”
He did not have any appearance that men would like Him, He was rejected, He was scorned, He was not esteemed. That is not the picture that we have of Jesus Christ, yet, Jesus is Lord. He humbled Himself. He left His glory and it came to this earth in the form of a servant, He took on the form of a man that had no esteem. He had no status. He did not come in a Cadillac. He had no army, He did not have a 747. He did not have a palace, He was not clothed in gold. No, He came as a servant and He walked the dust streets of this world, He humbled Himself to come and do the will of God, He came to ransom men, He came to present Himself as an offering. He who knew no sin, who did no injustice, He was crucified for our transgressions.
Do we esteem Him? Do we regard Him or are we like those people who crucified Him? Do we thank Him? Do we praise Him? Do we seek His presence, or do we also reject Him? Do we also not esteem Him? Many Christians esteem their pastor, and men, people with money and riches, they love the president, they love those people with money, they love the thieves,they love those who are immoral, but they hate Jesus Christ. They associate with the world, they associate with the celebrities, but they do not esteem Jesus Christ. They deny Him, they mock Him, because Jesus Christ did not come in a package that people like. But dear friends Jesus Christ is Lord. He is God; every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and those who mocked those who rejected those who disregarded Him will be disappointed, because as they had no space for Him, no regard for Him, He will have no regard for them.
Do we esteem Jesus? Do we regard Him as Lord and Master? Do we give Him the glory and the honor that is due to Him? Do we show our love and appreciation for Him by obeying His commands, and by seeking His company? Do we obey Him? Have we received His Holy Spirit and are we living in Communion, in fellowship with Jesus Christ? Or do we also disregard Him? If we disregard Him, He will disregard us, if we deny Him, He will deny us. He is the King of kings, He is the Lord of lords. Do we esteem Jesus Christ? May Jesus bless you.