Jesus. What did He really look like?

Do you know what Jesus looks like? Have a think about it and try to remember the last picture you saw of Jesus. What does He look like in the pic, blonde hair and blue eyed? Dark hair and blue eyed? Or maybe long dark hair with brown eyes? I’ll add a couple of pictures so you can see what I mean.

Do these look familiar? Now that you’ve seen these pictures, I’ll show you what the bible says about Him.
“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.” Isaiah 53:2
“And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.” Matthew 26:48,49
This particular verse means that Jesus looked just like just like all the other men there, with no obvious difference in appearance. If He were different, as the pictures insinuate, then Judas would have just told them to arrest the man with blonde hair and blue eyes. Also, if you think about it, where was Jesus born? In the middle east. From what I’ve seen, people in the middle east have olive coloured skin, dark hair and dark eyes. Not exactly what I see in a lot of popular pictures.
In fact, it is thought by many that the pictures of Jesus are actually based on Cesar Borgia. (Link to come, as the previous one isn’t working anymore.)

One thing that really worries me about these pictures of Jesus that people cling to, is that it could actually be what the false prophet/anti-christ etc looks like when it comes, and he will fool potentially millions of people. Think about it. So many people believe that that’s what Jesus looked like, so if someone comes looking like that, people will believe it is Jesus, when it actually isn’t.
They could very well be fooled into taking the mark of the beast because this person who looks like “Jesus” will tell them to. Of course, this is not in the bible, but many people feel the same as I do. I just don’t want to see anyone get fooled.
The bible also says this about making pictures or idols of Him to worship: “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: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” Exodus 20:4-6.

I have been told that having pictures of Jesus or crucifixes etc is idolatry. I tend to think this is true, as people tend to worship the pictures etc and not Jesus himself. Here’s a verse about idolatry: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,” 1 Corinthians 6:9 I
f you have any pictures of Jesus, then please, I ask you to pray about it and see if God really wants you to have them. I think the scriptures speak for themselves though.
**Edit – Someone has just made a comment to me that this picture could also play a part in end times deception. I never looked at it that way. It (the picture) is something we need to take with a grain of salt, because nobody truly knows what Jesus looked like. I believe the Bible doesn’t reveal that to us for a reason.

Here’s one more link, just to end this post with. It is a very interesting look at what Jesus could possibly have looked like, based on forensic studies. Obviously no-one will know for sure, but the popular pictures are probably far from the truth.

**I don’t necessarily agree with all the authoface-of-jesus-01-0312-mdnrs pages, the comments or the adverts on the page. I’m just showing you these particular links so you can (hopefully) get a better understanding.**


13 thoughts on “Jesus. What did He really look like?

  1. A picture can convey a lot. In the case of the common pictures that portray Jesus, a certain softness and femininity is observable. Did the artist see Jesus himself? Was he well acquainted with Him somehow? Or is he forming an image of how HE envisions Jesus. Could it be ‘another Jesus’?

    ‘For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or [if] ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with [him].’ (2 Corinthians 11:4)

    Regarding the popular paintings of Jesus by Da Vinci . . . ‘The depiction of Christ was modeled after Cesare Borgia the illegitimate son to Pope Alexander the VI. He was also the model to Niccolo Machaivelli’s “The Prince”. Rumor has it that Cesare was a lover to Leonardo da Vinci.’

    Maybe I’m a little mixed up, but looks to me like da Vinci adored his gay lover, and thought so much of him (worshiped him perhaps?) that he used him as the model for the perfection of Christ that he wished to convey in his paintings. What blasphemy, to assign Jesus Christ the image of an effeminate homosexual man, of all things! (Obviously Satan inspired this one!)

    What exactly does that say about us, if we hang those pictures on the wall, to look at lovingly when we walk past? (And how does it impact our understanding of who Jesus is?) Still think Christians can’t be deceived?

  2. I believe dis will go along way to correct many motives christians have towards fake Jesus pics, me generally dont accept those pics as of my saviour, when He was on earth, i doubt if there is any camera to snap Him, or an artist impression who have seen Him still alive now physically, idolatry has eaten deep into pples life unknown, 10s 4 dis write-up.

    • Thanks Aremu, I hope it does.
      I think people sincerely love Jesus and it brings them comfort to have pictures to look at when speaking to Him, but if it is idolatry, as the scriptures suggest, then they are committing a sin that will keep them from eternal life with Him in heaven, if they don’t repent.

  3. Actually, I believe he looks as the pictures describe him to look, plus have you not read the books written by children who went to heaven only to return? There was one little girl who was asked to describe Jesus, and she drew a picture of a man similar to the ones we are familiar with. I don’t worship photos or crosses – I worship the Lord, my God and it is through the pictures and my cross that I am even more so reminded of His heavenly presence in my daily life.

    • So you think a man of middle eastern ancestry had blonde hair and blue eyes?
      Ok, assuming you think Jesus had blonde hair and blue eyes, I’m thinking he would have really stood out among the crowd. He would have been very noticeable wherever he went.
      If that was the case, then why did Judas not just say to the soldiers “Jesus is the one with blonde hair and blue eyes. He’s the one you want.”
      He wouldn’t have had to have given the soldiers a hint or clue as to who He was.
      Did you read the article which shows that the pictures were probably based on Cesar Borgia? The similarities are quite obvious.
      As for those children that have had those experiences, I tend to err on the side of caution there. Satan and his angels can appear as anything they want, so those children could have been seeing something that wasn’t of God.
      “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:14
      I will stand with the bible on this one, not what some little children have apparently seen.
      Look how many false teachers have written books, for example Neale Donald Walshe’s book “Conversations with God.” I don’t know who he was talking to, but it wasn’t the God I have been learning about.
      Anyone could say they’ve seen Him in a dream etc, but because we’ve probably already seen pictures of Him, those images are in our subconscious and can be remembered in dreams etc.

      • I agree. There’s an awful lot of people who claim to have gone to heaven, but I don’t trust their experience over the Word of God. Only God knows whether they really saw heaven, or saw Him, or whether they fell prey to a deceiving spirit. The direction their life takes after the experience is usually a pretty good indicator which it was.

  4. Here are some paragraphs that line up with what you and I have been saying dontbefooled.
    “Was Christ Under a Nazarite Vow?

    Erroneously assuming that Jesus was under a Nazarite vow, some may further argue that although the hairstyle for men of Christ’s time was short, He wore His hair long. But Christ was never under such a vow. He did grow up in Nazareth, fulfilling a prophecy that He would be called a Nazarene (Matt. 2:23; Mark 1:9; Luke 1:26; John 1:45). This is why early Christians were sometimes referred to as Nazarenes. However, neither of these words has anything whatsoever to do with a Nazarite vow. Those under a Nazarite vow could not drink wine or touch a dead body.

    Notice: “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the Lord: He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried. All the days that he separates himself unto the Lord he shall come at [touch] no dead body” (Num. 6:2-3, 6).

    Christ drank wine (Matt. 11:19) and, on occasion, touched a dead body (Matt. 9:25). Had He been under a Nazarite vow, He would not have done either of these things. Those under this vow grew their hair long as a sign of humiliation. Men who wear their hair long today are anything but humble. Rather, they are very proud of their long locks and go to great lengths to show them off. It is a sign of pride. It is also a sign of defiance against traditional values.

    Also notice that when the time of the vow was over, the person under the vow was to shave his head (Num. 6:18)—ending this shameful period!

    How do we know it was a shameful time? I Corinthians states, “Does not even nature [the inborn quality of a man as contrasted to that of a woman] itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?” (11:14).

    It is a shame for a man to have his hair long. Apart from God’s Word, even nature shows this. A man should not look like a woman! For one thing, long hair is not manageable and would just get in his way. A man’s hair was never intended to grow long. Long hair on a man interferes with the duties and responsibilities that are part of the male role.

    Christ simply would not have grown His hair long. To do so would have contradicted His Word. Remember, it was Christ—the Word (John 1:1)—who inspired the Bible. II Timothy tells us, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (3:16). And since Jesus Christ also inspired I Corinthians 11:14, He would have been true to His word. And that Word guides and instructs us on the matter of hair lengths and styles for men and women.
    What Christ Did Look Like

    The Second Commandment clearly prohibits any artist’s rendering of what Christ may have looked like: “You shall not make unto yourself 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” (Ex. 20:4).

    Almost all artists’ renderings portray Jesus with long hair, soft, feminine—if not effeminate—features, and a sentimental, sanctimonious look in His eyes. They bear no similarity in any way to what Christ really looked like.

    The Christ of your Bible did not look like this! If it were important for us to know exactly what He looked like as a man, it would have been recorded.

    In fact, nowhere in God’s Word are we told to be concerned with what Christ looked like as a human being. The only description we are given is this: “For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He has no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him” (Isa. 53:2).

    Jesus would have looked like any other Jewish man of His time. He would have been a normal, healthy, masculine-looking man. As a carpenter, He spent most of His life working outdoors (Mark 6:3). He did not look like an effeminate weakling—with long hair!

    Christ had short hair, like a man should have. And it would have been neatly trimmed and kept. As the Son of God, Jesus always set the right example.

    On a number of occasions, He was able to blend into a crowd because He looked just like everyone else (Luke 4:30; John 8:59; 10:39). Think! If Jesus had had long hair, contrary to the accepted style of the time, it would not have been necessary for Judas to use a special sign—a kiss—to point Him out to His enemies. Christ would have stood out from the crowd!

    Ultimately, if we think about Christ’s appearance at all, we ought to think, in general terms, about how He looks today. Inspired by God, the apostle John described Jesus’ present appearance: “His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire” (Rev. 1:14).”
    Taken from this site.

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