Date: January 15, 2005 Subject: Parables, Visions, and Revelation of a new time of the church. I wish to humbly submit. January 6, 2005 Vision of the Lord Human
“Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And [Pilate] saith unto them, Behold the man! (John 19:5)
Yesterday, while seated in a church service, I had an extraordinary experience, I saw a vision of the Lord. I knew inside myself that it was Him. A man came forth forward out of a dark background, and light is shown down upon him, as though it were a spotlight. He was wearing a long brown robe that looked dirty. I noticed he seemed rather short, perhaps 5’5″ or 5’6″ tall. His head was down, so I could not see his face. Thick, long, dirty locks of hair were covering his face. He slowly lifted his head, and the hair began to lift and fall back from his face. The instance I saw his face, I felt repulsed, Jesus could not be this ugly! His nose was crooked and long. He looked like someone who had not bathed in a week! But then I saw and felt the expression on His face, that of incomprehensible heartache and concern!. I immediately thought of the Scripture in Isaiah;
“For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him” (Isaiah 53:2)
Despised and Rejected of Men
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not” (Isaiah 53:3-4).
“For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” (1 Timothy 2:5).
I realized I was not seeing the risen, glorified Lord, but the man, the human being! (Strong’s G444: anth’-ro-pos). The human flesh and body that hid who he really was. The Divine who became one of us, but only a little lower than the angels!
He did not look like the classic olive skin, extremely handsome risen and glorified Lord in our Christian paintings and images. He was truly a man who was hungry, neglected, rejected and a “man of sorrows and acquainted with grief”. “he was despised, and we esteemed him not”.
The King of heaven and the creator of the universe became lower than a hobo. Less educated than a priest, a scribe or a Pharisee. Only slightly more handsome than a leper. As homeless as a hag with a shopping cart. Scorned and mocked in His own hometown where He grew up!
“Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head” (Luke 9:58).
It was prophesied about His life;
“As it was, the heat consumed me by day and the frost by night, and sleep fled from my eyes” (Genesis 34:40)
The demons of hell came against Him twenty-four seven. Taunting, criticizing, mocking and threatening Him. This continued His whole life. He crucified the flesh, the world, and the devil. He went from victory to victory and glory to glory until he had vanquished the human nature within Him.
“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14)
Peter, James, and John beheld the spectacle for all the ages
“Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James, and John the brother of James and went up on a high mountain. They were all alone there. While these followers watched him, Jesus was changed. His face became bright like the sun, and his clothes became white as light” (Matthew 17:1-2).
The three disciples watched as the universe and hosts of heaven marveled. He had conquered His human, purified it and joined it to His divine. He laid out the heavenly blueprint for all His followers to observe and to follow. For all to follow Him into eternity. To become a part of His everlasting family and kingdom!