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What Did Jesus Look Like?

Last Sunday in Small Group our teacher made the observation that there is no physical description of Jesus either in the Bible or in trusted extra-biblical references.

Why would that be?

Even though there is no question of the historicity of Jesus Christ, His actual features are perhaps intentionally obscured because, as Christians, we are to worship Him, as we worship the Father in spirit (John 4:24) and not as a man.

Jesus is part of the Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Christ is God, in the flesh. His life and death on this earth was the way a holy and righteous God could offer forgiveness of the sins of mankind. But, prior to His arrival on earth (1 John 1:1-5) and following His resurrection from the grave, Jesus is at the Father’s side (Luke 22:69) interceding on our behalf (Rom. 8:34).

In anticipation of His earthly arrival, Isaiah speaks to Christs physical obscurity in verse 53:2 “For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him”. And then the New Testiment, offers an equally vague description in Luke 2:52.

To describe a physical Jesus, His height, His weight, the color of His eyes, even His ethnicity, belittles who Jesus is and what He has done for us.

Jeff Hilles | BCWorldview.org


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