Before reading this blog post, go do a Google search for images of Jesus. Take note of what you see, then come back here.
Images of Jesus Online
If your image search returned the same sort of images of Jesus that my image search returned, you probably saw a bunch of images of Jesus like this:
And then, of course, you have the weird and wacky images of Jesus…
And let us not forget the food appearance images of Jesus…
What I would like to see sometime is some realistic images of Jesus.
And no, Megyn Kelly, Jesus probably wasn’t white (or with blue eyes). Of course, He wasn’t black either. And whatever color His skin was, He didn’t glow.
Frankly, I have no idea what Jesus looked like, but even these images of Jesus are probably pretty far off the mark:
From Scripture, it seems to me that Jesus would not stand out in a crowd. He wouldn’t have a glow around his head, he wouldn’t be taller or cleaner than everyone else, His clothes wouldn’t be shining white. His face probably wasn’t perfectly clean or his teeth sparkling white. His eyes weren’t piercing or his complexion smooth.
I wish that artistic renderings of Jesus would make Him look more…. like the rest of us. Drab, boring, slightly unkept.
The thing that attracted people to Jesus was not His beauty, His eyes, His stature, His glowing clothes, or angelic halo. He had none of these things.
The thing that attracted people to Jesus was His love, acceptance, and forgiveness.
Do you want to know what Jesus looks like?
Images of Jesus in the World
He looks like you when you wash the dishes for your spouse, when you give up that television show to help your child with homework, when you take a plate of cookies to your neighbor, when you mow the lawn for the shut-in lady across the street, when you give food and water to the homeless downtown, when you give of your time and money to help anybody in need. When you do these things, you are the image of Jesus in the world today.