We need to stop depicting Jesus as a “pretty boy.”
The Word says HE was plain. He was ordinary so why do we chose to depict HIM as this buff pretty little boy? Can we really truly understand the nature and image of Jesus while He walked the earth?
For awhile that image was OK but I recently had an experience with Christ Jesus that changed my perception and my thoughts about how we depict Jesus. A true image of Jesus would consist of all the characteristic of all the races. He would look ordinary. It bothers me to see a crucified Jesus prettily laid out on a cross because the image HE gave us was not a pretty and cute Jesus that died for me. HE said he was beaten beyond recognition. That means HE was bloody and in a lot of pain with raw flesh showing from beatings he had taken. They put a crown of thorns on Jesus’s head that means that there was blood running down his face as the thorns stuck HIM in his head. Jesus was stripped naked that means HE bore our shame and guilt. Then they drove stakes through HIS hands and feet. Can we imagine the agony that HE was feeling? They tried to give him vinegar which was bitterness and in the midst of all that pain and agony HE said Father forgive them they know not what they have done.
The image of a pretty boy Jesus does not compare. Does it bring comfort or does it keep us in our mess with an unwillingness to change? The image of a bloody Jesus will change and transform your walk with God because the true image of a Crucified Jesus will set you free and change your heart and mind. Christ Jesus died a horrified death for your sins and my sins that is something a pretty boy would not do because with a "pretty boy"... it’s all about HIM and HIM alone.
Jesus loves us so much why is it so hard for us to show each other love?
When we have a true depiction of the crucified Jesus then we can love him and see HIM in the right light.