I have a small statuette given me by my son, Russ. It depicts a famous painting of Jesus kneeling and praying. I keep that on the top of my TV cabinet because my son gave it to me and it identifies me as a Christian to anyone who comes to my apartment.
Artist after artist has painted beautiful paintings of the God she and he loves. The pictures enhance any area they hang. I won't stop enjoying them.
One problem, though. Jesus didn't look like that. In this medley of paintings, the middle one may come closest. Jesus was a Mediterranean Jew. But after walking all day and often sleeping on the ground, was Jesus that good looking?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him." Isaiah 53.2 (NIV)
After Peter denied him and ran out, sobbing, Peter didn't respond to a beautiful face. He responded to the Holy Spirit in Jesus' eyes.
Was his beard that short? Didn't they let their beards grow unless they took a vow?
If Jesus was a myth, we can imagine him any way we want. As a real man, he looked like a Mediterranean Jew. Otherwise they wouldn't have allowed him to preach in the synagogues or called him Rabbi. Can you imagine a red-headed blue-eyed (or African American) rabbi sitting on a rock, teaching all those dark-eyed, dark-haired people?
Early Jews despised all gentiles.
What do you think?
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Other two works are classics