The Beauty of an Ugly Cross

As I look around this world, I see God’s beauty everywhere—in the mountains, birds, flowers, sunsets—my kitty. I can only imagine how much more beautiful the Creator of all this must be!

That’s outward beauty.

But I also see His beauty in a…

  • Mother nursing her child in the wee hours of the night
  • Daughter taking care of her declining parents
  • Person ministering to the homeless
  • Missionary taking the gospel to the lost in Africa
  • Calm cashier turning away wrath from an angry customer with a kind word

Now we’re getting closer to the inner beauty which God so highly values.

Why are these people beautiful? Because they reflect the sacrificial aspect of the cross. 

Though outwardly ugly, the cross is the most beautiful symbol to us believers.

When God first created this world it was beautiful; mankind was beautiful. Our sin distorted that beauty.

But God made us for His pleasure and couldn’t leave us in that ugly sinful state. So He made a way to restore His beauty and splendor in us and the world—through the appalling death of His Son on a horrible cross. When Jesus Christ arose from the dead, He conquered the hideousness of sin, evil and death!

Our ugly sin crucified our beautiful Savior, but Jesus used the ugly cross to restore God’s beauty in us!

Isn’t it ironic that the most beautiful Person in the universe, our Savior, was just an ordinary looking man?

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. (Is 53:2)

Man judges by outward appearance, but God looks at the inner man.

The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. (1 Sam 16:7 NLT)

Jesus’ inner beauty—His kindness, love, patience, compassion, forgiveness, etc.—outshined any lack of outward beauty.

If you know Jesus as your Savior, this beautiful One is living inside you. 

His beauty can become your beauty; attracting others with the glorious gospel to redeem their souls from a forever ugly and horrific existence in hell.

That was how I got saved.

In my early 30’s God put me in a business with some strong Christians. The lovely Jesus within them came out in their eyes, their actions, and their love toward me. Most of these people were just ordinary looking folks. Yet they were so attractive. Their inner beauty drew me to them and ultimately to Christ. I will be forever grateful!

So let me ask you during this Easter season—are you outwardly pretty or handsome but have a complaining, critical, unforgiving, or unkind spirit? If you claim to be a Christian, then you are making the gospel unattractive. Please stop it! You are hurting our Savior and maligning His Name!

Sorry if my words seem harsh. But when I think of what sinful man—including me—did to my perfect Savior, I get wound up!

Perhaps you were unaware that you were hurting the cause of Christ, or perhaps you need to make sure you actually know the Beautiful One as your Savior.

And for those of you out there who believe that you’re not so attractive on the outside, may I remind you that God looks at the inner heart?

So my friends, when God looks at you, make sure He can see the beautiful spotless One in you.

This Easter Sunday…

Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful…. (1 Pet 3:3-5 NLT)

Let the beauty of an ugly cross shine through you!

If you are not sure that Jesus is your Savior click here so you can be!

Happy Easter! Christ is risen! Alleluia!!!

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Heidi

    Love this!!! For MANY years, I would not allow our family to go to church on Easter Sunday. Why? We couldn’t afford new Easter clothes for them. I didn’t want others looking at us with our same clothes and having the feel of being juged.

  2. Laura Hannin

    Thank you for reminding me to concentrate on improving my inward beauty to let it shine to the world. Praise God, he has risen!

  3. Sarah

    Our outlook and mindset should always be on
    loving Jesus with all hearts and bringing others to Him “to give God all the Glory !!! Happy Easter ???????????? Rose, Thanks for all you do to help others and bring Glory to our father .. ????

  4. Joyce Hinnant

    Hi Rose, Sister Joyce here. Happy Resurrection Day!! Thank you for reminding us all what true beauty is and always will be. Our loving father who died for us. There is none other or will be, but our loving (Father) He is the trueVine. Beauty begins within , and the only you can truly feel that is to have that personal walk. with him .Please family friends tried him if you don’t know him. Feel that precious beaut my Sister in Christ Rose so beautifully share, and describe to us .Rose continue the good work in Jesus. God Bless You!!????

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