There are no recorded descriptions of what of what Jesus actually looked like. Not even one. Not one picture, or painting or sketch of our Lord that have you seen comes from an interpretation of a physical description of Him in the Bible. To many times in my humble opinion our Lord is depicted as this weak wimpy looking guy. Pictures that depict Him like that infuriate me.
I grew up with a picture of Jesus in my mind from the pictures of Him hanging on the wall at my grandmothers, and from the pictures of him at the church, and I had a different picture in my mind of who Jesus was and is as I was growing up. As we are human we tend to associate things we know to be true with what we visually have seen with our own eyes. And we have all grown up looking at pictures of Jesus, looking malnourished, effeminate and yes I will say it, yes wimpy. I do not claim to know all the men throughout history that have painted the image of Christ. But I can tell you one thing, the image of Christ in my eyes looks nothing like what I have ever seen them put on canvas.
The sad part is, a lot of the only Jesus that people know is what they see from these paintings and statues, and I do not believe at all that is what he resembled or what he will look like when we see Him. If the secular world thinks this wimpy character we see in a lot of paintings, is who is returning they better think again. You take these wimpy images that have been painted through the centuries, add all the new world mumbo-jumbo, and new way theology and you end up with people so confused they think that they are saved by putting a WWJD (what would Jesus do) bumper sticker on their car.
Speaking of What Would Jesus Do, let me remind you or the straight forward words of our Lord when addressing sensitive issues, he did not beat around the bush, or try not to hurt their feelings, He told it like it was. Examples…
- Jesus confronted people with their sin… Jesus reminds a woman about her adulterous affairs
There have been a few times when I simply had to confront someone about the sin in their life, only to have someone say to me, you should be more like Jesus. How was Jesus? In the Bible we read about the Samaritan woman whom Jesus met at the well, he tells her that she is an adulterer, right off the bat. (Matthew 5:32). Wow! Can you imagine just meeting a person and right away they tell you that you are an adulterer? That’s direct confrontation.
2. Jesus confronted false religious people, using harsh words. It was not uncommon for Jesus to speak harsh words to those whom He felt needed to hear them…Matthew 12
This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy; O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things, for How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”
The Church committees wouldn’t have liked Jesus’ outbursts of contempt and speech very much would they, as he was not, “politically correct”. You can’t go around calling people “vipers” (deadly snakes), or can you?
3.Jesus made no if, ands, or buts about it, people will one day burn in Hell. People like to think about the “I am love” Jesus, but no one wants to think about the “You’re going to burn in hell” Jesus. Well, here He is…“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” -Matthew 25:41
A man that confronts groups of people on the streets calling them snakes and vipers and telling they are going to Hell, a lot of the time more than not is going to get attacked and beat up. But there is not one instance in the Word where anyone attacked Jesus as He ministered. Take the Temple and the money changers for instance….
In John 2 we read that as Passover Feast was about to take place, Jesus found the Temple teeming with people selling cattle and sheep and doves. The loan sharks were also there in full strength. Jesus put together a whip out of strips of leather and chased them out of the Temple, stampeding the sheep and cattle, upending the tables of the loan sharks, spilling coins left and right. He said, “Get your things out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a shopping mall. There were many of them and only one of him, why didn’t they try to gang up on Him? No one got in His face or said anything? Why, because He definitely wasn’t a wimp. Could you imagine that scene in 2010? Jesus have been arrested and charged with created a public disturbance, assault with a deadly weapon, trespassing, vandalism of public (private) property, etc. Maybe he would have been arrested then too, but the Spirit of God was on and in Him.
John 18:3 So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons
Judas had seen all things that Jesus performed and more as he walked with Him. Is it any wonder that when he betrayed our Lord and took soldiers with him to the garden, that he procured a band (approximately 600) of soldiers to go with him, and they had all their battle gear and weapons. You would think they were going to war. Judas knew Jesus was one tough customer, and as such was afraid of Him.
Jesus was physically strong having spent His life working as a carpenter in a day when they cut down their own trees and before the invention of the drill and circular saw. Can you imagine the sheer human strength it took to endure the physical beating and torment before and upon the cross?
Our ancient pagan Germanic ancestors identified with Christ as a victorious warrior king who endured the torture of the cross and overcame death. Maybe the pagan Germans had a better spin on Jesus. He is a warrior king. Although He was captured by His enemies, tortured and executed, He defeated them in His resurrection.
John saw him as returning conqueror in Revelation 19:11-16
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
He is a combination of many names; Healer of my soul, Comforter, Prince of Peace, Love and many more. He is all things to all men, and has many names but wimp is not one of them. And he will return to conquer as John saw in Revelation. In Revelation John saw the might of our Lord as He will rule with an iron scepter. On the death on the cross John saw his love and compassion as He died for the world’s sins, and knew it as he wrote in John 1:29 “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”! In His death for our sins, our Lord much more resembles a big oak tree than a shrinking violet. Jesus Christ, was not a wimp, “He was tougher than nails”.