How Yeshua Looked

There are no images or specific description of Yeshua, but the Bible tells us something about His countenance. “He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.” (Isaiah 53: 2-3). He was not handsome with attractive looks. He would not have been a TV or movie personality with pleasing desirous features. He was a man of suffering and familiar with pain, sorrow, rejection, held in low esteem because of the burden of rejection and despising. We know that He had no money, house, or fine clothes to enhance His appearance. 

Yeshua said of Himself, “I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” (John 17: 26). Yeshua’s mission was to reveal Father God and He accomplished this through words and deeds, but it may be that He was able to convey truth and meaning through His expression, gaze, and in His face. This is fundamental communication in human relationship. One example is a man who asked Yeshua what he needed to do to inherit eternal life? “Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ he said. ‘Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’ At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.” (Mark 10: 21-22). Yeshua was the greatest communicator of all, His words expressed so much more and cut to the heart of every issue, question and contrived trap. His words transcend time speaking clearly and effectively today, dividing between spirit and soul.

Yeshua expressed emotions of anger, joy and wept with empathy, He was both fully human and devine. Yeshua was a Jew descended from king David of the tribe of Judah, so he likely had Hebrew coloring and features. The disciples saw in Yeshua His devine nature through faith. “Philip found Nathanael and told him, ‘We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’ ” (John 1: 45). “Then Nathanael declared, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.’ Jesus said, ‘You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.’ He then added, ‘Very truly I tell you, you will see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man’ .” (John 1: 49-51).  “Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.’ ” (Matt. 16: 16-17). Yeshua’s demonstrated authority, power, and miracles also revealed His devine appearance and the disciples were witnesses.

To Believers down through history, Peter says it best, “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1: 8-9). 

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