Images of Jesus Christ
Most of us use Images of Jesus Christ to show children the different characters of Jesus.
Some of the images of Jesus are as follows:
Jesus the Healer
Jesus the Teacher, taught us by action
Jesus heales our physical ailments, emotional ailments and spiritual ailments
However, there are others who want to know what the real Jesus face looked like. They want to know the shape of his facial bones, the colour of his skin, whether he had long hair or short hair.
They go to such extremes of digging grave yards, collecting skulls and making a mockery out of it. Some scientists try to prove, that Jesus was nothing like the pictures of Jesus we Christians keep. Some schools make learning about the Jesus face, a part of their religion lesson.
One day my daughter (age 14 then) came home quite disturbed saying that her teacher showed a video of what Jesus would have looked like. The video was on excavations in the holy land. She said, ‘Mum they say that Jesus would have been a short ugly looking person’.
I had a long chat with my daughter. I told her that some people might try to say anything to distract those who love God. I asked her not to worry about the images of Jesus Christ portrayed by scientists, as some of them have lost the plot. They only worry about the physical characteristics.
I told her that the most important thing is to remember ‘why Jesus came into this world’ and ‘what was his message from God’.
Jesus loved children and He said that the Kingdom of God belongs to them
Jesus came down to show us that God was a loving gentle God. In this case, Jesus' face had to be kind and loving. He was a warm caring person. Jesus was gentle and forgiving. Jesus loved children and people flocked around him. Therefore Jesus had to be a joyful person. No one would follow a grumpy, angry looking person.
Jesus was a healer, a teacher and some thought of him as a King. He became very popular and loved by people. No wonder the religious leaders and roman rulers at the time wanted to get rid of Jesus.
Jesus’ face therefore, had to be gentle, loving and joyful.
Jesus was the face of God. Referring to the Bible, one of Jesus’ apostles asked him one day to show them God-the Father. Following is the passage according to the Gospel of John chapter 14 verses 8-10;
Philip said, 'Lord, show us the Father and then we shall be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him,
'Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? 'Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father, so how can you say, "Show us the Father"? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
I wonder why some people try to distort the images of Jesus Christ when he is our Living God. These people have forgotten Jesus’ resurrection and therefore, they dig up for skulls. Jesus’ body did not rot as he resurrected from the dead. This is a documented historical fact.
When you speak to your children about the teachings and loving actions of Jesus, their innocent minds will automatically create gentle images of Jesus Christ. Don’t ever spoil their innocence. The innocence of a child is God-given.
They might imagine Jesus as a child playing with them as their best friend.
They might imagine playing with the baby Jesus.
When our children are ill, and we speak about Jesus the healer, they might imagine Jesus face as a gentle parent or a kind doctor.
When our children are frightened or confused, they might imagine Jesus face as a caring teacher, guiding them.
I am sure that this is how Jesus would want to be among his people. Jesus would want to relate to people in different ways. The most important thing is that our children develop a personal relationship with Jesus. It does not matter as to what images of Jesus Christ they want to have in their mind.
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