by J.R. Miller
The Face of the Master
“His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance!” Revelation 1:16
We have no picture of Jesus Christ. The paintings of Him which artists have given us, are only their conceptions of His appearance. None of these paintings, however noble and worthy they may be, are to be thought of as true portraits of the Master’s face.
Yet the face of Jesus Christ must have been very beautiful. It is sin that disfigures the human countenance, and there was no sin in Him.
His life was spotless and pure.
They tell us that the thoughts make the face. We cannot altogether hide our inner life from men’s eyes. What goes on in the depths of our being, comes up to the surface in unmistakable indications and revealings. The faulty qualities of the heart work out in the life and betray themselves in the face.
If you are discontented–then the discontent will reveal itself in your features. If you have bitter thoughts and feelings in your heart–then the bitterness will write its hard lines on your countenance. But if you habitually think gentle thoughts, kindly thoughts, peaceful thoughts–then on your face will come gentleness, kindness, and peace. If you keep love in your heart amid all your afflictions and trials, all the irritations and harrowings of life–then your face will shine with love.
There is much truth in the familiar lines:
“Beautiful thoughts make a beautiful soul,
And a beautiful soul makes a beautiful face.”
by J.R. Miller