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Long, flowy hair and the well-trimmed beard...really?

Key Points:

  • Everyone has an idea of what they think Jesus looked like.
  • Jesus was a Jew and probably looked Jewish.
  • We don’t know for sure what Jesus looked like.
  • Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what he looked like, but who he was and what he did for us on the cross.

Quote This:

Isaiah 53:2-3 He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

See Also: Jesus, Culture

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Describe how Jesus looks to you. Why do you imagine him this way?
  3. How can focusing on what Jesus looked like hurt a walk with him? Give one example.
  4. What comes to mind when you picture a dirty, dark-skinned, hard laboring Jesus? How does it make you feel?
  5. How do you think your faith would change if you knew exactly what Jesus looked like? How do you think it would affect other ethnicities?
  6. Does it matter what Jesus looked like? Why or why not?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.