What color do you think Jesus is?
— Age 12
People enjoy speculating about the skin tone of Jesus and no one knows. Today, there are black Jews and white Jews. There are even Asian Jews. We do not know what Jesus looked like because there are no descriptions of him anywhere in history.
The images that we have of Jesus in artwork are actually of models—always of what the artist imagined Jesus would look like. The Jews were commanded not to make the kind of art we have today.
Exodus 20:4 NKJV
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image — any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
They were commanded not to for a very simple reason.
1 Samuel 16:7b NKJV
For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
The Jesus God wants us to see and imitate is the person He is inside.
The Bible says that God is good; God is righteous; God is just; God is faithful; God is true; God is holy; and God is love. This is what we are to focus on and this is what we are to become like.
When we ask Jesus to forgive us of our sins and ask Jesus to be our Lord and Savior and confess Jesus with our mouths, we are saved and God becomes our Father. Just like you imitate your parents to learn to walk and talk and live, we imitate our Father and learn to walk like He walks, talk like He talks and live like He lives. We too begin to become good, righteous, just, faithful, true, holy and loving.
This is the important thing because the real question is not “Does Jesus look like me or does He look like you?” it is “Do we look like Him?”
Ken Van Horn is pastor of My Father’s House Family Church at 501 Broad Street in Cusseta, Georgia and author of the book: “A Greater Reward,” which is available from Amazon on Kindle. Questions for him should be asked in the form below. You may also contact him through Facebook or follow him on Twitter.