Do you ever wonder what Jesus looked like? I do. I try to picture his eyes, the structure of his nose. How tall He was. Artists have spent centuries trying to capture His essence in paintings, often making Him appear milky white with flowing brown hair.
When we read a book, our minds piece together the written descriptions of the characters to make a picture. We want to know a person’s hair color, if they are skinny or fat, or if they have freckles. Having these little details makes a character feel more complete to us. If we aren’t given these details, our imaginations take over, and we can make that character look however we want in our minds.
The New Testament follows what Jesus did and where He went. The words he spoke. The apostles who wrote these chapters didn’t bother to tell their readers what kind of sandals Jesus liked to wear, or what his favorite color was. It is up to us, the readers of the Bible, to put a face with the name.
Today, when something monumental happens, the entire world knows about it. Can you imagine if Jesus had lived today? If we could have seen His face? If people could have crowded around Him with their smart phones, recording His miracles? I like to believe that there is a reason that Jesus existed when He did, in the time before cameras even existed.
There are very few times in the Bible when a person’s physical description is given, and even then, only the most important details are given, details that help enhance the reader’s understanding of the stories.
The heart of Jesus’ existence on Earth was His actions. The entire Bible is full of examples of what people have done either for or against God, and no matter how many times we try to sketch or paint the appearance of those people, we will never get it right. The only details we have to piece these people together are the things that they did. Why do you think God chose to leave physical descriptions out of the Bible?
1 Samuel 16:7
New International Version (NIV)7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Peter 3
New International Version (NIV)
3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
Bible verses taken from Biblegateway.
This post was written by Emily Haymans.