Summary: Rembrandt’s depictions of Jesus were even more controversial in the 17 century. His familiarity with the Jewish community in his native Netherlands moved him to paint Jesus with a Jewish appearance. People were shocked! Jesus looking Jewish?
WALKING LIKE JESUS WALKED 2 – THE REAL JESUS
Text: Luke 19:28-44
1. Have you heard of the controversial exhibit at the Detroit Institute of art?
2. It is the Rembrandt and the Face of Christ exhibit.
3. Rembrandt’s depictions of Jesus were even more controversial in the 17 century.
4. His familiarity with the Jewish community in his native Netherlands moved him to paint Jesus with a Jewish appearance.
5. People were shocked!
6. Jesus looking Jewish?
7. They saw Jesus in the art of the time portrayed as Caucasian.
8. It’s amazing how in every age, people misunderstood Christ.
9. Instead of struggling to be transformed into the image of Christ, they worked to transform Christ into an image of themselves.
10. Graphically it is most evident when we look at the historical depictions of Jesus.
11. Artists have traditionally painted Jesus as similar to the people around the artist at the time or around popular theological conceptions of Jesus.
12. At the height of the Black Power movement there were those who portrayed Jesus as a black revolutionary raising a rebellious fist in defiance of the political powers of his time.
13. In the 60’s when the hippy revolution arose, unwashed, robed and be-sandaled drop out, non-conformists portrayed Jesus as just like them.
14. After all Jesus wore sandals and a robe and had long hair. That was certainly was non-conformist.
15. Non-Conformist? Everyone wore sandals robes. And no one knows how long his hair was.
16. So, what did Jesus look like?
17. No one knows there are only three possible references to his looks.
Isaiah 53:2 (NIV) 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.
Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
John 18:4-5 4 Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” 5 They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.
We shouldn’t be surprised at this. Even while Jesus was on the Earth, people misunderstood him and tried to pour him into their own mold.
18. It is apparent from these passages he was of ordinary appearance to the first century Jews.
19. Question – Why doesn’t the Bible tell us what Jesus looked Like?
20. Because it shouldn’t matter to us.
Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,
21. God doesn’t care what we look like. He cares that we think speak and act like Jesus.
1 John 2:6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.