It was his first day in art class. Mark was determined to draw a portrait of Jesus. He began one drawing and then another. After trying time and time again, he decided to place his pallet and brushes on his stool and in defeat walked away from his canvas.
Noticing his despair, his teacher walked to him and asked, “Mark, what is your difficulty?”
“It’s no use,” he said. “I was determined to draw a picture of Jesus. But it’s useless!”
“Why?” asked his teacher.
“Because I cannot make Him beautiful enough,” he said.
Mark echoed the words of the Psalmist: “You are the most excellent of men!”
Years ago someone wrote, “All other men who were recognized as great have been made to look insignificant by what Jesus did in His brief lifetime. All others who were considered wise appear inadequate in their expression of truth when compared to Him. All others who labor to bring healing to the sick cannot match His miracles. All others who attempt to do good for mankind cannot match His deeds of compassion and expressions of concern for the weak and lonely. Those who appear to be perfect eventually show their flaws. There is only One who has ever walked on this planet who deserves the title: ‘You are the most excellent of men.’”
And this “most excellent example of men,” God’s Only Son, lived a sinless and perfect life so that He could become our Redeemer and Savior. There are many ways we can look at Him, but only one way that truly matters: “For the Son of Man came to seek and save.” How do you see Him?
Prayer: We stand in awe, Father, for the beauty we see in Your Son, our Savior. May His beauty be seen in our lives as we surrender our lives to Him. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: You are the most handsome of all. Gracious words stream from your lips. God himself has blessed you forever. Psalm 45:2
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