Fortunately, Christianity has embraced all the races of the world. As a result, it is not unusual to see icons, pictures, videos, and statues, of Jesus looking like a typical Anglo Saxon, a Southern European, a Latin American, or an African. These variations can be very confusing, and frustrating, to children who get their visual, and mental, stimulation from illustrated religious books. Those children would love to know exactly what Jesus looked like.
As we all know, children have a vivid imagination; but it requires some authentic inputs to activate it, and make it work usefully.
Please imagine a hypothetical situation, whereby, a famous Archaeologist discovers a first century mosaic bearing the name of Jesus Christ.
The mosaic picture clearly shows a short man with big brown eyes, brown skin, fat lips, dark hair, and a hooked nose.
Would such a discovery disillusion and disappoint the majority of Christians?
Your comments will be greatly appreciated.
Just do your best to teach children the way of messiah, and the father YHWH, and those children will see his face one day. It can be actually distracting to give a fake illusion of what he looks like in the young impressionable mind of a child, because like you say it does have the potential to delude a child's perception of him also it has the potential to act as an idol to the empty space within a person's thoughts, but on the other hand the father will use all these things in order to fulfill all good.
These are a bit complicated for children, but I still share them with people regardless.
Perhaps each of us has a vision of how Jesus looked and if it works for us, I don't see a problem with that as long was we are not insisting that our vision is the only correct one. Scripture does not give a description of Jesus, probably deliberately so we do not fixate on the outward appearance rather than his Nature and his Mission.
In all likelihood, Jesus was unremarkable in appearance, Middle Eastern of course. [Jhn 8:57 NASB] 57 So the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?" This suggests that the stress and strain of his ministry may have aged him prematurely, since he was about 32 at the time, but we can't be dogmatic about that.
And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. Matt 16:14
When Jesus asked His disciples whom do men say that I am some said John the Baptist, some said one of the Prophets, some said Elijah, some said Jeremiah but none of them knew who he was. Then he asked his disciples but who do you say that I am and then Peter speaking under the influence of the Holy Spirit said "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." It is the same today. No man can truly know who Jesus is except as it is revealed by the Holy Ghost. Men say he was an Ethiopian, he was a Jew , he was a Caucasian, he was short, he had blue eyes, he was not bald etc But the Holy Spirit says He is God. He is your one and only Savior. He is the fullness of the godhead bodily. He is God revealed. He is the Word become flesh. He is knocking at the door of your heart now. So receive him there by faith. That's all you need to know.
Then I would ask if any company was making reproduction icon and where I could buy one. Jesus was a real person, did real things and looked like a real person. Why would that bother anyone, who was a real Christian?
Painter paint, The reason Jesus/God hasn't allowed his image to be shown or remembered is that people would worship the image rather than the creator. What mankind is suppose to do is believe Gods Word and What Jesus to save us from Damnation. Not worship a painting. Jesus wasn't white he was Jewish so any accurate painting would have Jesus looking like a Jew 2000 years ago.
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