John 20:20: Jesus' scars
After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. (John 20:20, NIV)
Related verses: Luke 24:39-40, John 20:20, 24-28
What did Jesus look like? Artists painted the pictures we have many centuries after
Jesus came. The only physical identification the scriptures give for Jesus is the
scars on His hands, feet, and side. Apparently, His appearance was ordinary for his
day. Judas had to point Jesus out
from among His disciples. In Jesus' conversation with those arresting Him (John 18:4-8), they apparently didn't recognize Him.
One summer, the black Baptist church in Borger, Texas, asked my mother to play
the piano during Vacation Bible School. In the early 1960's, my brother and I were
the only white children there. We colored a picture of Jesus. To my surprise, children
colored Jesus black. With a child's inquisitive mind I couldn't avoid asking why they
colored Jesus black. The loving and understanding teacher explained that we don't know
what Jesus looked like. Jesus came as a human being just like you and me. The children
were coloring Jesus to look like themselves.
If Jesus had come as a Roman or Greek, we would have marble statues of Him. Jesus
came as a Jew, and we don't even have a verbal description of Him, whether He was
short or tall, fat or thin, dark or light, or whether His hair was long or short. Physical
appearance is unimportant to God. What is important is our heart (1 Samuel 16:7).
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