For the past 2,000 years, Jesus has been worshipped as the Christ, the Saviour, and the Messiah. That cannot be disputed.
From his first utterances in the Temple at the age of thirteen, every word was passed on, recorded in some form or other. However, we have no idea what he looked like.
Without the help of social media and modern technology, his message spread to the furthest part of the world and thousands heard and responded to his message.
Missionaries devoted their lives to spreading his message, through fair means and foul, as history has revealed.
Many devotees have tried to show their adoration by representing Jesus in some art form.
Be it paintings or statues, religious artists have endeavored to express their love form him in their unique way. And that means that they depicted him in the only way they knew – their own image.
No Biblical Description Of Jesus
Thousands of years ago, artists had no choice because they had no references in the Bible to what Jesus looked like.
This had absolutely no relevance to the people who wrote about him. So, artists had to rely on the simple fact of demographics.
If Jesus was born where records state he was then he most certainly would not be classified as a “white” person.
Then why do all the artist impressions of Jesus depict him as a white man?
Early Depictions Of Jesus
There have not been any depictions of Jesus found before the second century – not even simple sketches by amateur artists.
Perhaps this can be accounted for by the fact that Christians were not held in high esteem in the Roman society of the time. Being a follower of Jesus was not for the fainthearted until about the fourth century.
Before that, Christianity was a secret society that used the “ichthyosis” symbol to show their allegiance to Jesus.
The “Jesus fish” symbol has become a commonplace sticker on many suburban car bumpers.
Early Christians had to created secret symbols and signs to help other Christians locate the places where they could worship together.