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1 Corinthians 9 to 11
By the time Jesus was hung on the cross He didn't look good. If you have seen the movie "The Passion" then you are starting to get some idea what a state He was in by the time He took our sin and held it there until it's power was dead.
Isa 53:2 There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. NLT
Sometimes we make such an issue of being sure that we look good, and that everything we do looks good. God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus, and it looked so bad, He had to look the other way.
Matt 27:46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"-which means, "My God , my God , why have you forsaken me?" NIV
We need as churches to be relevant and appeal to the people of our generation – we need to package the unchanged gospel in a changed delivery system. But concentrating on looking good is to miss the point. If we look like Jesus, we fulfil God's plan. If we spend too much time focussing on our 'image' then we end up committing idolatry.
Jesus didn't spend time looking good – He spent time doing good.
Acts 10:38 God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, NIV
We live in a world full of hurting people, who need someone to be good to them. Jesus would do it if He were here.
Oops! I suddenly realised He lives where we live!
Gal 2:19 I have been crucified with Christ; and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. HCSB
You look good to God – because He sees Jesus in you.
Do good to all around you and they will get a glimpse of the Saviour too.