Most everyone is familiar with the popular renderings of Jesus as a brownish, blonde, somewhat Caucasian looking…and quite handsome…fellow.  With blue eyes.

A rather odd depiction, don’t you think, of someone who was born Hebrew?

Not wishing to stereotype, but aren’t many Jews dark-skinned, with dark, even black hair and dark brown eyes?’ No, I’m serious here. While many of the world’s nationalities, and races today have intermingled and produced varied looks, I’m betting that at the time of Christ, bloodlines, especially amongst the Jews weren’t so…varied. After all, God had commanded the Israelites not to marry outside their race; of course, as we know, the Israelites weren’t all that obedient.

Be that as it may, and, of course, knowing that Christ’s imminent arrival on earth through the Virgin was designed, orchestrated and ordained by God, Our Creator, I believe it is safe to assume that the bloodline was pure; after all, it could be traced all the way back to Abraham….better yet, Adam!

There are no descriptions of Jesus in the New Testament. The closet we can get is in Isaiah 53:2b :

2 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.

“..nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”  Christ apparently was an average-looking Israelite. But many DID desire him! Many followed him and not just his disciples. Droves of people came to him day after day, seeking his wisdom and healing.  This isn’t to say he was ugly or unattractive…just an every-day man of his time in his appearance. And to top that off, he was poor. Though he had a family, he traveled about sleeping wherever he could, sometimes, probably in homes of friends, but most times outdoors. He carried no money or valuables with him, and instructed his disciples to do the same.

So…what was it about him that attracted people to him?

The answer is simple: God

Jesus was God the Father in the flesh. God’s love, compassion and mercy was plainly evident in his demeanor and teaching.  He denied no one of his healing, teaching and wisdom. He knew what He was here for and accomplished that at Calvary. He came to earth to do God’s Will to redeem mankind from sin.

I don’t think it really matters what Christ looked like when He lived. When He returns, everyone on this earth will know Who He Is!

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