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The Image of Jesus

Written By: Bill Saint (2019-06-16 12:22:02)

We don't know what Jesus looked like. Nowhere in the Bible does it describe his features. In Isaiah 53:2, we know that he was not beautiful or comely. He was just ordinary in appearance.

We don't know what Jesus looked like. Nowhere in the Bible does it describe his features. In Isaiah 53:2, we know that he was not beautiful or comely. He was just ordinary in appearance.

Isaiah 53:2 (KJV) 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.
The Bible also tells us not to have any graven images. This includes images of God. People will tend to worship the image and not the real thing.

Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
When God was talking to Moses he said that he could not see his face because no man could see it and live.

Exodus 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
God did not want us to follow him because of his looks but because of his teachings, because of his Word. He came to earth as a plain ordinary looking man who could walk through a crowd and not be noticed. There were a few times when he did that to get away from an angry mob. And when Judas betrayed Jesus, he had to give them a sign so that they knew which one was Jesus.

Matthew 26:48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.
Most men in the 1st Century Roman empire were clean shaven and beardless. Only Jews who had taken the Nazarite vow had long hair. One of the requirements for the vow was that you could not drink wine. We know that Jesus drank wine so if he had taken the Nazarite vow, there would be a record of the discrepancy between how he appeared and what he was doing. Also, the only ones who wore long flowing robes were men of status. Jesus when said to beware of the scribes with their flowing robes.

Mark 12:38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,
He wore what any other common man wore at the time, which was more than likely the Chiton, a knee length tonic.

The earliest paintings of Jesus from the 3rd century showed him without a beard or long hair. The only time they showed him having a beard, long hair, wearing a long flowing robe, and sitting on a throne was when they wanted to show him as a heavenly ruler. The problem with that is that the image that we know as Jesus was really just a younger version on Zeus created by Byzantine artists. Even the halo that sometimes surrounds Jesus' head was originally used for another mythical god, the Sun god Apollo.
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1 Chronicles 26:25 (KJV)

And his brethren by Eliezer; Rehabiah his son, and Jeshaiah his son, and Joram his son, and Zichri his son, and Shelomith his son.



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