Have you ever wondered what Jesus really looks like? I grew up in Sunday school and there was always a picture of Jesus on the wall. It’s what I would call “Somber Jesus”. He looked stoic, detached, other worldly with no beckoning expression on His face. The picture neither warmed my heart nor did it draw me to Him.
I don’t believe that’s what Jesus looks like. Of course, we can’t know exactly what He looks like because they didn’t have cameras in those days. But I believe we can surmise from Scripture the kind of look He frequently has on His face. Jesus loves people. When I love someone, I smile. I’m happy to see them. Jesus was often surrounded by people. He was compassionate, warm, and approachable. He even said in Luke 18:16, “… “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Would children feel drawn to a man who always had a solemn, serious look on His face? I think not.
Jesus even calls us little children seven times in I John. Isn’t it time we saw Jesus as He portrays Himself? A man filled with joy, a man who frequently smiles and laughs.
In Matthew 25:23 we are commanded to “… enter into the joy of your master.” Jesus said in John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” Joy means delight, pleasure, elation, happiness, all words that beg for a smile and laughter. If the angels in heaven rejoice over one sinner who repents, would not Jesus also be smiling, dancing, laughing and filled with delight?
Jesus is filled with joy and invites us into His joy. Let’s scrape away our outdated view of how Jesus looks and picture Him for who He really is: Our beautiful Savior, smiling at us, laughing with us, his children.
John 16:24 “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.”