The scrawny seedling

Whenever I read about false religious teachers that attract a large crowd, I consistently hear stories of their charisma, charm, … their “presence” from their followers.

Listen. That’s not Jesus.

Here’s a prophecy about Jesus from Isaiah, hundreds of years before His birth.

The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling, a scrubby plant in a parched field. There was nothing attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look. He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he was scum. But the fact is, it was our pains he carried— our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself, that God was punishing him for his own failures. But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him— our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed. We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And GOD has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him. (Isaiah 53:3 MSG)

That’s Jesus. Servant. Seedling. Crushed.

Savior.

I follow Jesus, not because He is magnetic, but because He is the Truth, the Way, and the Life (John 14:6). You can meet Him today. Open your Bible to the book of John and read. Open your heart and believe. He knows your struggles and loves you already!

About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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