How Would Jesus Look?

Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1

In your mind’s eye, how do you visualize the person of Christ? As an artist, how would you paint Him? Probably with a beard and a robe and sandals. We don’t know the Lord’s weight or height or facial features, but we do know something about the clothing styles of His day. But now, imagine Him in a business suit. Or—this isn’t disrespectful—in casual clothing. Can you imagine Him in jeans and an untucked shirt? In other words, if Jesus had come bodily to live in our day, what would He look like?

Recommended Reading:
1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1
The truth is, He would look very much like us.

The purpose of this mental exercise is to imagine how we should look to the world around us. Whether in business or casual clothing, we should be imitating Christ. He is our model for how we should act and speak today. Our attitudes should reflect His personality. We are His likenesses to our modern world.

When you glance in the mirror each morning, ask yourself: “Am I ready to let others see Jesus in me today—all day long?”

Whoever wishes to understand fully the words of Christ must try to pattern his whole life on that of Christ.
Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ


Originally posted as January 3, 2020 David Jeremiah Devotional