I made an interesting discovery today by accident. I have never believed any of the photos depicted of The Messiah as a white, effeminate, skinny guy, but I didn’t realize that the depiction circulated for years was actually taken from an actual person who existed in history.
The “Jesus Christ” pictures that we see today was originally painted by Leonardo da Vinci. For his subject matter, he used the son of the 6th pope of Rome, Cesare Borgia, who was also said to be his lover. And, his painting was so imprinted in the minds of Europeans that this has become the dominant depiction of the Savior ever since.
“Pope Alexander VI’s solution (to remove Arab influence) was to have every image of the real Jesus destroyed and literally had the Vatican gutted and redone. He commissioned Leonardo Di Vinci to recast Jesus in the image of his son Cesare Borgia with the express intent of passing off historical Jesus as European in appearance. To this day, there are armed guards stationed around the clock at the entrances of the catacombs to keep anyone from viewing the original wall carvings of Jesus in his legitimate ethnic representation.”
So, if our Messiah doesn’t look at all like we’ve been shown, what does He look like? First, we know He was a worker with his hands, sometimes identified a carpenter, following after the trade of his earthly dad. This would have given him a solid build, a blue collar worker average body. Next, we know from Isaiah 53 that he wasn’t anything to look at, so you wouldn’t pick him out from a crowd…
“ Who shall believe our report? and upon whom shall the arm of the LORD be manifested? 2 With all this he shall grow up before him as a tender sprout and as a root out of a dry ground. There is no outward appearance in him, nor beauty. We shall see him, yet nothing attractive about him that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected among men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with weakness; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Isaiah 53:1-3
- He was not considered beautiful or attractive by man
- People were not drawn to him in appearance or in posture or position
- Nothing about him made him stick out in any way from the crowd, he was average and blended in
- He was despised and rejected, so not only were they not attracted to him, but many were repulsed by him
We know, also, that he looked just like everyone else during that time. He was from the same area of the country, the same ethnicity, the same facial look and hair of others. We know this because Judas had to physically point him out to the guards because he wasn’t easily identifiable on his own.
“47 And while he yet spoke, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the princes of the priests and elders of the people. 48 Now he that betrayed him had given them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; hold him fast. 49 And forthwith he came to Jesus and said, Receive joy, master; and kissed him.” Matthew 26:47-49
We also know that from Noah’s times, that the line of the Messiah would come from the line of Shem. When we read the book of Jubilees (written by Moses on Mt Sinai when he also received the 10 Commandments), we learn that Noah’s three sons were each a different color. Ham had dark brown skin, and eventually migrated to Africa, the hot area, what we consider Africans today, or ‘black skin.’ Japeth had fair skin, or ‘white skin’ and eventually migrated to the north, cold area, filled Europe (including the Roman empire, & Catholic Church), Russia, and some went to the Great Britain commonwealth (including Australia and South Africa) and the US & Canada much later. Shem had what was called ‘red skin,’ which would be considered our Arab people and Asian people. Many stayed in that area and others migrated east to fill the Middle East, Asia, and some even migrated across north eastern Russia to travel across the frozen waters to Alaska and filling the US & Canada as what we know as the natives. Native Americas were in the land prior to the tribes of Japeth coming across on ships as they had already walked across thousands of years earlier. So, with the history of Shem, we know that The Messiah would have had middle eastern skin, or a medium brown skin and dark hair and dark eyes like the Arab nations. Thus, He would have been a mixture of the black and white, in other words, He could be said to represent all of mankind in this way.
We know that when Yahusha comes back to earth to reign that His appearance will have changed from His earthly figure to His kingly, godly figure. We can see a little description of this in Revelation.
- “13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girt about the breasts with a golden girdle. 14 His head and his hairs were white like white wool, as the snow, and his eyes were as a flame of fire 15 and his feet like unto brilliant metal as if they burned in a furnace and his voice as the sound of many waters.” Revelation 1:13-15 (Jubilee)
- 2 And [b]immediately I was ravished [c]in the spirit, [d]and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat upon the throne. 3 [e]And he that sat, was to look upon, like unto a Jasper stone, and a sardine, and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like to an emerald.” Revelation 4:2-3
What do we learn about the future appearance of the Messiah from the above passages:
- He wears a long robe-like garment that goes down to His feet
- He seems to be wearing a golden belt
- His hair is bright white
- His hair is textured like wool, rough and course
- His eyes were like a consuming fire
- His feet shine and glow like polished metal, copper or bronze colored, which could be in reference to His skin tone (5474 [e], chalkolibanō)
- His voice is as loud as rushing waters
- He appeared as the color of Jasper stones and Sardine stones, which are both a reddish color and yet transparent
So, an artist recently came up with a possible, more accurate depiction of our Savior, but we still will not ever know until we see Him in the clouds (2015).
Whatever He looks like, we are told that none can stand in His presence when He returns, and every knee will bow.
“9 Therefore, God also has highly exalted him and given him a name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things in earth and things under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Yahusha, Ha Machiach is Lord in the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11
Today is a great day to come to Yahusha for the forgiveness of your sins, for by His blood you can be saved. It’s way better to bow your knee willingly now than by force at His coming judgement.