Jesus had an eye color.

When at 14, I first heard the claim that Jesus was the son of God (somehow my previous church had missed this teaching), I remember that I was most offended by the specificity of the claim, not by anything else.

I reasoned, “There are five major world religions. What are the odds that I just happened to be born into the right one?”

Since then, I’ve decided a better question is, “If God loved the world so much, what are the odds that he wouldn’t give his only son?”

If God was born as a human being, he had to be born somewhere. And if he was born as a human being, he had to have a nationality and a native language.

As it happens, Jesus was born in an Asian country dominated by European soldiers and languages. He is the only founder of a major world religion to have lived in Africa. His faith, Christianity, is the faith of the translatable book, which makes it at home in every part of the world. He was born a baby boy, who are slightly more common than baby girls. So, if God had to choose where he would become a human being, he didn’t choose too badly.

Jesus had to have an eye color. He had to have a particular height and weight and complexion. And those specifics, any specifics, are bound to displease someone. Some people think taller men are more impressive, and some that shorter men are more approachable. And many people believe that lighter complexions are more attractive than darker complexions.

Anyway, Isaiah 53 spells it out: “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”

The specifics of Jesus’ body didn’t impress people. But whenever you get specific, you’re bound to offend someone.

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5 Responses to “Jesus had an eye color.”

  1. Carolyn Says:

    I visited a small chapel at Knott’s Berry Farm several years ago, where there was a tape recording describing Jesus’ features, based on the written observation of one of his contemporaries. He was 5’10” tall, 130 lbs, not a single line, or wrinkle on his face, had blue eyes and hair like not other (whatever that means).

  2. Jordan Says:

    Jesus could not have had blue eyes. He had the typical “Arabian” or “Mediterranean” look. He was a JEW. He had brown hair, brown eyes, and probably like tanned or dark skinned. He’s only depicted to be white since most of the early pics of him were from the middle ages, when Jews were despised. As a result, an Aryan look. Geographically, he can not have blue eyes or blond hair.

  3. Michael Says:

    Some Arabs have blue eyes, but 5’10” would have been pretty tall. The physical descriptions of Jesus that I’ve read were medieval forgeries, not ancient manuscripts. We all want to make God into our own image.

  4. boss dog Says:

    too right. But dont forget there might have been cross-breeding with arabs and europeans, so…jesus can have a european complexion

  5. Carole Says:

    -a good read is a book by James Michener, “The Source”. In this mainstream book you will read that folks in the Middle East have ‘always’ had many varied and surprizing physical features. Michener has been known for his meticulous research.

    brown eyes, blue eyes, drk.brown hair, not-so-brown hair, blonde, and also red-hair – short, tall, whatever. what you read may cause you to suspect that Jesus could have had a.n.y. appearance at all you could come up with

    Carole

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