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What did Jesus look like?

Most people understand, especially Christians that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and came to this earth to die for our sins. He was tortured, suffered and died for us, because without a Savior, we would die an eternal death! But what did Jesus Christ look like? We know He was of the tribe of Judah. Do the images that we see in paintings really tell the truth? Most paintings show a very ‘pretty’ or handsome young man with a soft and longing look in his eyes. Is this the picture of our Savior? As a man He was rugged, walked everywhere, was a carpenter, spent much time in the sun and was not good looking! This is a prophecy of Christ and how He would look like!

One of some popular images of what many people believe Jesus may have looked like.
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Isaiah 53:2: “For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.” (Emphasis mine)

Many believe that since He was from Nazareth that He was a Nazarene or had taken a Nazarite Vow so therefore He had long hair. But, He wouldn’t have drunk wine or used wine at the Passover if He had taken that vow. Zacharias, was told by the angel Gabriel that he would have a son that would pave the way for the Messiah, (Luke 1, Malachi 3 & 4) and that he was not to drink wine or strong drink. That was John the Baptist and he may have been under the Nazarite vow which meant he also could not cut his hair. Do you think that possibly the painting that people have hanging in their homes and places of worship could be that of John the Baptist?

Why would Judas, who betrayed Jesus, have to tell the multitude that he would kiss the one they were to take away if Jesus looked like every other man of that day?

Matthew 26:47-49: “And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him." Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed Him.”

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