Pictures of Jesus: Are you seeing or seeking him?
I often try to picture God when I pray. I know that I can’t physically see him, and therefore it’s irrational to do so, but I feel like there’s something in the way we’re wired that visual stimulus feels necessary. I’m sure I’m not alone in that feeling because thousands and thousands of people look for pictures of Jesus every month in Google. According to Google, the number of monthly searches for the phrase “Jesus pictures” is roughly 74,000.
Although it’s irrational to believe we can without a shadow of a doubt know what Jesus looked like, I think it’s only natural to want to try.
Throughout this article, I’ll walk you through a number of ways people have attempted to depict Jesus. We’ll look at how the images of Jesus have changed over time, the impact geography makes on the visual depiction of Jesus, various situations people have placed Jesus in pictures, and the different types of media people have use through time from paintings to computer desktop wallpaper. Finally, we’ll wrap up with a final thought on why we shouldn’t care what Jesus looked like.