Many American living rooms have a framed picture of Jesus. Why do folks do that? Some may like the notion of Jesus watching over us, like some heavenly ADT system. Some may see Jesus as the ultimate family-friendly hero. Some may use the Jesus picture just to call Him to mind. For others, it’s strictly a family or ethnic tradition.
Such pictures may depict Jesus as blonde-haired and blue-eyed. Others picture a Jewish-looking Jesus. Still others prefer to imagine Jesus as a dark-skinned man of African descent. He might be pictured as a sturdy tradesman, or as a slouch-shouldered Torah student. Because we have no conclusive statement on what Jesus looked like, nobody gets to say what’s entirely accurate, although all accounts suggest He was a fairly ordinary-looking Jewish man.
We can picture Jesus as baby Jesus in a stable. We can picture Him as the boy Jesus learning in the temple, the grown man at a wedding with Mary, the healer Jesus lifting a lame man to his feet, the meek Jesus surrounded by children, the miraculous Jesus walking on water, the magnificent Jesus on the mountain with Moses and Elijah, the self-sacrificing Jesus bleeding on the cross, and many more.
A Google search on the title of this post turns up several more ways that people picture Jesus:
“When I picture Jesus, I see Him with strong hands. We often forget that Jesus was a construction worker.”
“When I picture Jesus, I picture a young Obi Wan Kenobi […] training young Skywalker.”
“When I picture Jesus, I picture Family Guy Jesus”
“I like to picture Jesus in a tuxedo T-Shirt because it says I want to be formal, but I’m here to party. ‘Cause I like to party, so I like my Jesus to party too.”