I love this exchange with Edd Fairman. Edd has recently married my niece Erin and so we, he and I, have not had a great deal of time with each other; which is why he posted this, thinking I wasn’t aware how art has influenced our thoughts of how Jesus was to look.
I don’t believe in coincidence, everything has a purpose, a thing to teach, a thing we need to see/hear/feel, or something that is to be shared and I think this Facebook exchange is in that category.
So let’s go a little deeper. Genesis 1:26-27 reveals, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness’ … So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” God is saying that in each of us is the spirit of the Divine, the Holy Spirit, but also how God seems to us. For each of us we see God as we are…white, black, brown any colour.
If you go to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in DC there are representations of Jesus from every country, with their own understanding how Jesus would look. One of my favourite Icons of Jesus and Mary is this Japanese Icon. I thank God that we see him as we are. God transcends race, culture and society to speaks to us personally.