What would Jesus look like if he were living on earth today? One artist, Stephen Sawyer, thinks he'd be more macho than wimp. Click here to read all about it.
No doubt our image of Jesus is important. It's so easy to create a God who is what we want him to be and something we are comfortable with. The philosopher Rousseau once said, "God created us in his own image then we returned the favour."
Today we have images of a spooky Jesus, a plain Galilean Jesus, a hippy Jesus, a revolutionary Jesus and now a macho Jesus.
We believe that Jesus is fully human and fully divine - the God man. As a man, he was a carpenter who would have helped run Joseph's business in Nazareth until he turned 30. In his ministry, he spent time with everyone from fishermen to government officials. No doubt, he was strong physically as well as in personality and character. At the same time he demonstrated softer qualities such as kindness, empathy and gentleness.
Today Jesus is the risen Saviour and Lord of all. His best friend and closest disciple, John, had a vision of Him in His risen glory and fell at his feet as a dead man, overwhelmed by the majesty of Jesus (see Rev.1).
Check out the book reJesus for an excellent discussion of how important influential our picture of Jesus is on our personal lives and on the church.
How do you see Jesus?