Have you ever seen a picture that was the artist’s depiction of Jesus? I have seen many over the years and they all were wrong in how they portrayed Him. All you need to do is read Isaiah 53:2 to understand why the artists are all mistaken.
It was clearly stated in Isaiah 53:2 that Jesus looked like a very ordinary person. His appearance did not attract any attention when He appeared in public. Every attempt by artists to portray Him shows a handsome man, and that image is contradicted in Isaiah.
Jesus never appeared as weak, as lacking control of His situation as when He was nailed to the cross. Yet even in such a dire situation He appeared to be glorious to one needy person—the repentant thief on the cross beside Him.
But what was it about Jesus that caused the dying man see Him as a King Who would someday be coming visibly in majesty? How could the thief get past the present, dreadful view of the Master and “see” Who He really was?
Numerous things were seen and heard at Calvary that were clues to the true identity of Jesus and the Holy Spirit undoubtedly used them effectively to convince the man that he was in the presence of the long promised Messiah.
In the next few days D.V. we shall consider how the thief came from darkness into eternal light.
May we sit at the foot of the cross; and there learn what sin has done, what justice has done, what love has done.