What Did Jesus Look Like?

July 06, 2008

“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.” – Isaiah 53:2b

Our society worships outward appearance. Hollywood stars are usually attractive hunks and hotties. The ordinary Joes are relegated to supporting roles. So when God sent His son to be the biggest star the world’s stage has ever known, He chose for Him to look very ordinary. In other words, He wasn’t much to look at. Now, that might surprise us in thinking about the Son of God, but God sought to identify with the majority of us. There are very few Hollywood hunks and hotties, but there sure are lots of us ordinary-looking folks.

But that was in His earthly ministry. What does He look like now? The Bible tells us that He gave a sneak preview to His three closest disciples. One day Jesus led them up high on a mountain, “…and He was transfigured before them; and His face shown like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.” One day, Jesus is coming again and we will all easily recognize Him as the Son of God. And more good news for those who trust in Him: we’ll receive new bodies -perfect bodies – that never get sick and tired, that never age and die. Like Jesus, our new bodies will be dazzling, and we ordinary Joes will be eternally grateful.