Pictures of the Messiah

June 1, 2010 at 8:02 1 comment

 A friend of mine sent me  a video link of  an artist showing Jesus as he is emerging from the tomb.  It’s a beautiful picture but Jesus looks like an Anglo messiah.  Why do artist portay Jesus as a Vicking look a like.  I have never seen a Jewish Jesus Christ portrayed as a Jew in any picture.   We make Jesus look like us.  In Asia the Jewish Messiah looks like Asians.  When will an artist portray Jesus looking like a Jew.  I’ve been critical about misrepresenting  Jesus for years. I don’t think Jesus’ likes himself portrayed at all.  The New Testament writters never in anyway try to describe Jesus the Jewish Messiah at all.  The man below looks like a Jewish man.  Jesus is a Jew and I think that is because gentile Christians do not want a Jewish Messiah.  
Therefore, they make him in the USA like a black man, an Anglo or a Latino.  I am afraid that Christians do not want to have Jewish Messiah.  
The video link  above is beautiful but he does not look like Jew.  I do not want to see another bigoted picture of Jesus looking like Anglo.  We worship a Jewish Messiah. 
The gentiles have been grafted into the Jewish vine.  The Apostle Paul brings this  in the letter to the Romans chapter 11.  I do not conger up any image of God, the Father, the Son or the Holy Spirit.  We should not image God at all in our minds or on a canvise.

 11 Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12 But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring!  13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I make much of my ministry 14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. 15 For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16 If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.

     17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” 20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.

     22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!


     25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
“The deliverer will come from Zion;
     he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27 And this is my covenant with them
     when I take away their sins.”
     28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, 29 for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. 30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. 32 For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.

 33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
     How unsearchable his judgments,
     and his paths beyond tracing out!
34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord?
     Or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Who has ever given to God,
     that God should repay him?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things.
     To him be the glory forever! Amen.

Romans 11:11-36 (NIV)



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  • 1. Tammy  |  June 3, 2010 at 8:02

    Hey Paul,
    How are you?? I check your blog every day and Deb’s too.
    This subject irritates me too! I have an awesome picture of a painting of Jesus as a modern day Jew (with a yamulke even) at Lazarus’s grave. I will try to remember to scan it in and send it to you! My mother’s grandfather was one of a pair of Jewish twins that come over here from Germany to escape persecution. My Mom did not know much about her family history, but her sister has been telling us lots of stuff lately. Maybe this is why I have always loved the Old Testament and all things Jewish and have been so interested in the Holocaust!


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