I find it interesting on how many different kinds of pictures there are of Jesus and how they have changed over time. And the pictures of Jesus also depends on which church you go to. I don’t know why this is since Jesus is the same all through time. None of us have seen Jesus first hand, unless we have died. There is a couple children that have said they have seen Jesus. If you read the book or seen the movie “Heaven in Real”, you will know what I’m talking about. I can see Jesus looking like the picture called “Prince of Peace” painting by Akiane Kramarik. She was like 8 or so at the time she painted this.
When I look at some of these pictures, I can’t help but wonder what kind of a relationship or how others view Jesus Christ. Some of the pictures are kinda scary. So I wonder if they see Jesus as someone without love and compassion. When I think of what Jesus would have looked like, I think of a man that would look like others in Jerusalem. I honestly don’t see Him as being a blond hair blue eyed stud muffin. I see him with darker skin and eyes.
One night my daughter Jessica, grandson JJ, Lisa and myself went to a concert over at the Catholic Church. They had the crucifixion of Jesus Christ hanging in front. It was huge. I didn’t think much of it, because I have been in there and I knew it was there. When I see Christ on the cross, it breaks my heart and reminds me of what He did for me and that He died for my sins. I have to say that I prefer just the cross and not the crucifixion at churches. JJ was very uneasy. JJ is only 6 and the whole time he was there, he was nervous and seemed scared. I asked him why and he said it was because of Christ being on the cross. Where JJ was sitting, the crucifixion was directly in front of him. To him, it scared him and made him sad. He knows that Christ died on the cross, but through his eyes it was like a scary man on the cross.
When I see a picture of Christ, I don’t see a scary person. I see a warm and loving person. I do think we need to remember that He was a man without sin and that He died for our sins on Calvary. I don’t think that was such a positive feeling for him and in a sense it has caused a fear in him. I can’t imagine Jesus wanting the children to be scared. I tried to explain to him why Christ was up there on the cross. But that was of no help at all. He was still scared and ready to get out of there. I can totally understand why it would be scary to a 6 yr old. It is very heartbreaking and sad to me and I am an adult.
I compiled a gallery of how Jesus looks to different people.