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Wrong Jesus!

February 15th, 2009

jesusThe Jesus you have seen in the pictures all your life is NOT what the real Jesus looks like.  As a matter of fact, the long-haired Jesus you see in all those portraits, paintings, and even emails that you receive almost every day, are not what Jesus looks like.

Even before I get started with this article, I just know that the title and the opening statement already have some of your hackles up.  However, in light of the acrid title of this article, I will ask you to do for me just one favor.  Would you please read the article all the way through, before you make up your mind as to whether you think this writer is either totally nuts, spiritually misguided, … or maybe, just maybe he knows what he’s talking about?  No, I am not pulling some trick on my readers and I am not introducing some new doctrine, or some new Jesus in which to believe.  There is only one True Lord and Savior, and He is Jesus Christ.

One thing I am aware of is that all those well-meaning Christian families through the years across America, and a great many Churches who have hung all those traditional pictures of the longhaired Jesus in their Church buildings, will automatically take offense to my “attack” on their likeness of Jesus.  I am not attacking the Son of God at all.  In fact, my purpose in this article is to show you to the Real Son of God and try to help you see the true Jesus in all His Glory.

I know that I have my work cut out for me, but as long as I am a true soldier of the Cross of Christ, I will represent TRUTH and oppose error at every turn.  I will fight against the lies of the Devil, and his evil at every turn as well.  My task could be a very dangerous one for myself and others, but we serve the Living Savior and Him only do we serve.  I am a child of God, one of His saints, so what you are about to read is the truth from one of the Lord’s own children.  Here we go.

First, let me go ahead and tell you what is bothering me about these pictures of Jesus.  Jesus did not have long hair as has been portrayed in every painting, portrait, and Broadway play and movie that we have ever seen.

I conducted a thorough search for the oldest known portrait or painting of our Savior.  I found several paintings and likenesses of what men have labeled as what Jesus looked like.  They all date back to within several centuries of when Christ actually lived and walked on the face of the earth.  Did you get that?  Centuries passed by before anyone even sat down and placed their own rendition of what they think He might have looked like in the flesh.  And what did they go by to arrive at their vision on paper, canvas or some other medium?  I’ll tell you; they went by their own sinful human imaginations.  In other words, there were no portraits or paintings made by anyone who ever saw him or knew him.  The earliest known likeness of Jesus Christ came six or seven hundred years after the crucifixion of Christ. There are no true pictures of Jesus in existence today, and there never has been.  My dear friends, He is the express image of the Father, who no man has seen.  So, it seems foolish to even contemplate such a human work of frailty.

So you may ask, Jim what are you saying?  Simply this.  ALL the pictures that you have ever seen of Jesus are from the imaginations of men who lived many hundreds, or even thousands of years after Jesus lived and died.  Ponder that thought for a moment; no one painted him for hundreds or thousands of years after he lived.

That means that EVERY artist or sculptor who ever took it upon themselves to make a likeness of Jesus Christ did so from his own, vain, human imagination.  How much confidence can you put on the accuracy of a person’s likeness, which was made hundreds or thousands of years after their decease?  May I answer that…..NONE!

However, here is the main point I want to make to this whole article and that is simply this; there is one thing that ALL of these paintings and portraits do have in common.  They all, every one of them, picture Jesus Christ with long hair. Yes, long hair, when there is not one word in the entire Word of God that would indicate that Jesus ever wore his hair long.  However, many scriptures indicate that He did NOT have long hair.

Before we get into the scripture, let me show you a shot of the supposed oldest portrait of Jesus Christ, as well as to introduce you to some other famous artists.

oldest known likeness of the Savior in Saint Catherine's Monastery

oldest known likeness of the Savior in Saint Catherine's Monastery

This supposed oldest known likeness of the Savior is in Saint Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai and the picture dates back to the 6th or 7th century after Christ lived. That is a long time for someone to have lived, died, and let 700 years pass by before someone sat down and created their own interpretation of the physical likeness of the Lord of Glory.  Amazing is it not?

For instance, the great Leonardo da Vinci, who painted The Last Supper, took the liberty of making Jesus a longhaired fellow.  Also, in another painting of da Vinci’s called The Baptism of Jesus, shows a person with over the shoulder length hair standing in ankle deep water, dressed in a loin cloth with hands folded while a person, who does not meet the Biblical description of John The Baptist, pouring a cup of water over his shoulder length hair.   My dear reader, the artist, Leonardo da Vinci was not born until April 15, 1452.  Imagine that, more than fourteen hundred years after Christ lived, this artist takes it upon himself to portray the Son of God?  Preposterous!

"The Baptism of Jesus" by Leonardo daVinci 1472

"The Baptism of Jesus" by Leonardo daVinci

Oh, and don’t forget the great Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rign, born  July 15th, 1606.  And here we go again, another famous artists convincing the world that he knows what the Christ of God looked like.  Oh, and let’s not forget the famous Michelangelo.

Keep in mind that any rendition of the Son of God that is created in the mind of a descendant of sinful, fallen Adam, must be the ultimate work of that Great Deceiver himself, that old dragon, The Devil, fallen Lucifer.

Yet, this world accepts them all as if they were true representations of the Lord Himself.  He most likely looked NOTHING like ANY of those portraits, paintings, or likenesses.  Personally, I am positive that He looked nothing like any of them, and I have the Word of God and a personal witness too, to back up my thesis.  What say we take a look at the scripture now, huh?

In Leviticus 19, verse 27 the LORD tells us that when we cut our hair we should not cut the corners of our heads when we cut our hair, much in the same way people used to give bowl haircuts.  Moses commanded the Israelites not to shave or trim around the head leaving a tuft of hair on top, much like a present day Mohawk haircut because this imitated pagan practices.  That indicates that the proper practice of cutting hair would be to cut to the contour of the head.  Now, some may say here that it is not a commandment to cut hair at all.  A closer look at the text will indicate that God was teaching His people how not to live, look, or act like the heathens and pagans that lived around them.

Then, in the book of John, chapter 1, beginning with verse 1 through verse 4 it says plainly “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” Then beginning with verse 10 and going through verse 14, the scriptures conclude the main point; “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  And the Word was made flesh (that’s Jesus) and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth.

After reading this you may say, “well what does any of that have to do with what Jesus looks like, especially his hair length?”  Well, here’s the answer that should put it all together for you once and for all that Jesus did not, and could not have had long hair.

In the Book of 1st Corinthians chapter 11 the whole chapter deals primarily with men and women behaving properly in Church concerning their head covering and honoring God. (Please note here that head covering means hair) Verse 4 says, “Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoreth his head.  But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoreth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.  For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.  For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.

Continue to read from verse 8 until you get to verse 14, which is the real kicker to my whole point.  Verse 14 clearly says, “Doth not even nature itself teach you (men), that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?” Vs 15 “But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.  But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the Church of God.“  That last statement just says that we, the Churches that I am aware of, do not have men who have long hair.

Now, lets pull all this together and make our conclusion.  Firstly, we learn in the Book of John, chapter 1, verse 14 that Jesus Christ is the living Word of God.  Therefore, He is the incarnate, living Word of God and can in no way go against that Holy Word, but MUST fulfill every jot and every tittle of the Holy Writ.

So, when the Apostle Paul, in writing 1st Corinthians chapter 11, verse 14 says that nature itself teaches a man that it is a shame for a man to have long hair, do you think that the Lord Jesus Christ could possibly walk around this earth with a floppy head full of over the shoulder hair, absolutely not!

Follow this logic; Jesus Christ is the Word of God and cannot violate the Word or He wouldn’t be God; He cannot go against nature since He Himself created all of nature Himself, therefore, He cannot by nature, go against the nature that He created.

Now, here’s the grand conclusion to my synopsis: Satan has for thousands of years been very successful in causing the whole world to see the Precious Son of God in a most undignified and unholy manner.  My dear friend, He is God the Son and therefore He is beautiful in all his ways and appearances.  Let me close with this one vivid observation.

Some years ago, I think in the early 1990’s, a dear woman, and fellow Church member of the Church I attended, and a dear friend had terminal cancer.  She would go into remission and then she would have another flare up of it.  I think she knew that she would not be on this earth much longer.

She had a husband and a teenage son who were both lost in sin and unsaved.  One Wednesday night as we were in the prayer altar praying, she prayed and asked God to do whatever it took to get her husband and son in Church.  Six weeks later, she lay dying in the hospital.

In the final hour or so of her life, she would fade into and out of consciences.  When she came to herself just before passing away, she made a statement to all in the room, in a clear voice with the most peaceful smile on her face, she said,”hey y’all, He ain’t got long hair like them pictures shows.”  Shortly after that she went on to be with the Lord she had just seen.  I am convinced of it.  I have been in the presence of many dying people.  You can tell when someone has peace in their heart and when they are in deliriums.

That woman kept drifting into and out of this world and with each visit back here she would talk all about how beautiful it all was over there on the other side.  However, that last time she talked about how beautiful Jesus was; the real Jesus, not the longhaired hippie looking being that Satan would have you believe Jesus to be.

Now, just one more point that may also have someone mixed up on the issue of Christ’s hair.  Notice the being the difference in a Nazarite and a Nazarene.  A Nazarene is simply a person from the town of Nazareth. Jesus was a citizen of Nazareth and called a Nazarene.  Nowhere in the scripture indicates that Jesus ever took the Nazarite vow. A Nazarite is a person, man or woman, who has taken a very serious and special Spiritual vow to God which involves many special food and drink restrictions, especially of any partaking of anything from the vine.  All through the New Testament we find Jesus not only drinking new wine, but also changing water into wine at the wedding in Caina of Galilee.

In Numbers chapter 6 verse 5, it clearly says, “All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head; until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.“   Now, this scripture about the vow of a Nazarite may have a lot of people confused.

In closing, let me guide you to one more description of the Real Jesus Christ.  It is given by the Apostle John and can be found in the book of Revelation chapter 1, beginning with verse 10 and reading through verse 17.  I would like to urge you to read more, but at least read this.

This is the Apostle John speaking about what he saw on that fateful Sunday morning on the Isle of Patmos, as he sat exiled by the Roman government to a tiny island in the Aegean Sea.  “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last; and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and Pergamos, and unto Thyatira and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me.  And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.  His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;  And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.  And he had in his right hand seven stars:  and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

Now, please judge for yourself my friends, does this description sound anything like the ugly pictures of what man says is what Jesus looks like.  I much prefer the Apostle John’s description of Him.  Although it was not on canvas, nevertheless, I think John’s portrait of Christ beats them all, hands down, long hair and all.

Thank you for hearing me out because I think I may have helped to show you a glimpse of the Real Son of God, The Beautiful Lord Jesus Christ and King of Glory.

Jim Hethcox

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  1. Janice
    February 26th, 2009 at 13:21 | #1

    How easly we are duped. However, if you know your Bible and beleive it to be true from cover to cover. The Lord will show you the answers to your questions

  2. May 22nd, 2009 at 18:18 | #2

    It is my belief that the Shroud of Turin has a lot to do with the concept of long hair. It was discovered around 500 AD in Asia Minor. It shows a man having wounds on his head and side. But it also shows him to have long hair. You may or may not believe this to be the image of Christ, but all pictures after this show Christ with long hair and a likeness to the image on the Shroud.

  3. chethcox
    May 23rd, 2009 at 15:44 | #3

    I’m no expert on the Shroud of Turin, but I haven’t seen any evidence that this cloth is anything more than a hoax. Even if it is an actual burial shroud, is there any evidence to lead us to believe that the image was Jesus Christ?

  4. May 30th, 2009 at 21:56 | #4

    The question concerns where did we get the image that Christ had long hair. 99% of all drawings of Christ appeared after 500AD. Whether or not the Shroud is a fake is not the question. The image shows a man with long hair and the Catholic Church has said that this is the image of Christ. Therefore, most artist, after the Shroud came to Turin, have used this image as a model.

  5. chethcox
    May 31st, 2009 at 08:48 | #5

    You help me to make my point ecu66. You are exactly right that the Catholic Church uses the Shroud of Turin as their “reference” when they portray Jesus with long hair. But shouldn’t we use scripture? I Cor 11:14 says that it is a shame for a man to have long hair. Paul was a disciple of Jesus and wrote this in the same time period that Jesus lived. In fact, I believe this verse is evidence that the Shroud of Turin is not the image of Jesus.

  6. bass guitar
    August 18th, 2010 at 18:37 | #6

    May I say that Brother Jim is right!!! I dont serve a 50 pound hipee with this long hair and a few drops of blood on him!!! If you SAW THE PICTURE OF A REAL PICTURE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, you wouldnt even reconize him!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THINK ABOUT IT

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