“But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, ‘Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals'” (Revelation 5.5 NLT).
We can read a prophetic description of Jesus hundreds of years before He entered this earth as our Emmanuel, God with us. In the Old testament, inspired by the Holy Spirit, the prophet Isaiah details what this mighty Messiah, our promises Deliverer, will be like. And the details of Jesus are not so flattering. In fact, they seem downright unremarkable–definitely not the characteristics of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19.16).
“He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.”
– Isaiah 53.2-3 (NIV)
We get this contradicting image of Jesus as a Lion and a Lamb, and there is a spiritual truth–once recognized–will drastically alter our perception of reality, which will in turn change how we believe and transform the decisions and actions we make out of that belief. Satan does not want us to perceive this truth because he knows that when we do, we will overcome one of his greatest deceptions on the world.Sometimes the things of God are remarkably unremarkable. Click To Tweet
In a society that clings onto epic grandeur, we will miss God’s movements if our perception is not opened to the lowly, mundane and average. Many people in the New Testament missed Jesus because He was not the valiant King they were expecting.
Jesus seemed unremarkable. It was only when He was performing miracles that people flocked to Him. But when the miracles disappeared and He was being led the the cross like a lamb to the slaughter (Isaiah 53.7), everyone left Him. They couldn’t see the profound beauty of what was about to take place–the grand sacrifice for the world’s sins and the supernatural reconciliation of the earth back to God.The unremarkable dies in the temporal to be resurrected in the supernatural as remarkable. Click To Tweet
This is the process of God’s divine plan, and it is also where our faith takes root. Will we believe God’s amazing promises for our lives though they have become unremarkable? Even more, will we believe God’s amazing promises for our lives though at the moment they have died? Will our faith bridge the gap from the temporal unremarkable to the grave and out to the supernatural remarkable?
This process can be seen over and over again in the Bible.
Abraham had no kids for a long time (unremarkable). Then, he grew older than the child-rearing age (death). Finally, God miraculously gave him a son, Isaac (remarkable).
Joseph was a spoiled child of Jacob (unremarkable). Then, he was left to die, enslaved and imprisoned (death). Finally, he became second in command of a mighty nation (remarkable).
David was the last born shepherd boy (unremarkable). Then, he lived in the wilderness for years hiding from King Saul (death). Finally, God miraculously gave him the kingdom (remarkable).
Jesus was born in a poor family with a carpenter step-dad (unremarkable). Then, He died a criminal’s death on the cross (death). Finally, He resurrected–defeating death– and unleashed the Holy Spirit onto the earth (remarkable).
What is my point with all this? Sometimes in life, your promises will feel like they have become unremarkable. No matter how hard you try, you can never breakthrough to your Promise Land of milk and honey. Then, one day your promises die and all of your work and perseverance seem lost. It is at that moment, that you must muster up your faith and declare your belief in God no matter the circumstances.Faith is born in death. Click To Tweet
Wait by the grave of your promises until the resurrection power of Jesus Christ brings the dead back to life. Never give up. Trust the process. God’s Word always usurps your circumstances.
“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 1.19-20 NLT).