I always get a kick out of how Jesus is portrayed in the movies. He looks like some Hollywood Hunk. At the risk of seeming stereotypical, given the fact that Jesus was a Middle Eastern Jew 2,000 years ago, chances are Jesus looked less like Mel Gibson and more like Mel Brooks. (Who is a Hollywood Hunk in his own right.)
I understand Tinseltown’s point. If Jesus was followed by dozens, if not thousands, and now more than a billion people, he must have been tall, dark (darker than he’s usually portrayed), and handsome. He couldn’t have been short, dark, and average looking, and been followed by all those people, right? Oh really? Well, Hitler was short and lots of people followed him. (Ooo, bad example?)
I believe people followed Jesus, not because of his looks, but because of his words and actions. “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Many people today follow Jesus because they are dispirited and want to be blessed. “Blessed are those who mourn.” Many people today follow Jesus because they are mourning and want to be blessed. “Blessed are the merciful.” Many people today follow Jesus because they are merciful and want to be blessed.
I’m not saying do away with all the paintings of a good-looking Jesus. Let’s just remember why people follow Jesus. Hopefully because of what he said and did. Not because he looks like he just walked off the pages of GQ.
Go in Peace. Live in Love. Abide in Joy.