I haven’t read much of the bible since my childhood Sunday school days, but I recently came to discover that Jesus’ physical appearance was unknown and the typical Jesus appearance with the long hair and the beard is mainly a European rendition of Jesus.
I think the very fact that Jesus’ appearance is unknown is a representation of the fact that physical appearance and material matter shouldn’t be a factor in judging a person’s character, and Jesus is to be remembered by his ideals and the things he said.
In today’s world, many people are remembered for their face or their physical appearance as opposed to the things they did for the world or the things they said to inspire others.
On a less serious note (since serious is boring), if you actually think about Jesus’ background, he’s commonly known as a Palestinian Jew, and being born in the Middle East, what colour do you think Jesus’ skin would have been? I find it somewhat humourous that the Western media and churches have images of Jesus all over the place as a white person. Is this to appease the audience to which they’re preaching? Does is make the white man more proud to portray him as one of themselves? Jesus was brown!
To me, it doesn’t matter what colour his skin was, but if you’re going to have a symbolic portrait that represents someone, why not try to be a little more realistic?