What was Jesus’ physical appearance?

What was Jesus’ physical appearance?

Bible Question

What was Jesus’ physical appearance?

Bible Answer

Some people may start to feel desire when they see someone attractive. For example, in the Song of Solomon, King Solomon’s bride was excited about their wedding night because she was physically attracted to him. However, men often experience these desires more intensely because they are visually drawn to a woman’s naked body. Some women also find naked bodies appealing!

Looking at naked bodies can lead both men and women to have strong desires for another person, which can be sinful. It might even cause married individuals to feel adulterous thoughts in their hearts. But it is important to know that there is nothing wrong with a husband and wife being physically attracted to each other. That is natural and approved by God.

Jesus Was Not Handsome

The Bible only mentions Jesus’ looks once, in Isaiah 53:2.

For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot,
And like a root out of parched ground;
He has no stately form or majesty
That we should look upon Him,
Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
Isaiah 53:2 (NASB)

It says Jesus did not look grand or majestic, and there was nothing about his looks that would make us find him attractive. Basically, Jesus was not considered good-looking.

Jesus Was a Male

Luke 2:16 says Jesus entered the world as an infant. The gospels describe him as a man (Luke 7:49) who bled like us (John 19:34). He had hands and feet (Luke 24:39), ate (Luke 24:42-43), and drank (Matthew 27:48). Apostle John mentions in 1 John 1:1 that he and others heard, saw, and touched Jesus.

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what wehave looked at andtouched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life . . . 1 John 1:1 (NASB)

This means Jesus communicated, could be seen, and was not just a spirit; he had a body.

People guess Jesus’ skin might have been olive, white, black, or brown, but the Bible does not specify his skin color when he was a human on earth. Jesus’ mother was Jewish, and today, Jewish people’s skin ranges from light to dark.

The Bible does not detail his height, weight, hair or eye color, or body shape. We do not know Jesus’ earthly appearance, as the Bible does not describe it, nor do historical records.

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People May Ask

How was Jesus character described in the Bible?

In the Bible, Jesus is described as the incarnate Word of God, fully human and fully divine. He is portrayed as a perfect example of godliness and holiness, a selfless servant and teacher, and as compassionate, loving, and forgiving.

How does the Bible describe God’s appearance?

The Bible does not provide a detailed description of God’s physical appearance because God is a spirit (John 4:24). However, there are symbolic descriptions in visions, such as in Ezekiel 1:26-28 and Revelation 1:14-16, which depict God with imagery of brilliant light, fire, and radiance, signifying His divine nature.

Why is Jesus depicted with long hair?

The common depiction of Jesus with long hair does not have a basis in scripture and is more a result of cultural and artistic interpretations over the centuries. 

The Bible does not describe Jesus’ hair length, and the portrayal of Jesus with long hair began as a result of cultural practices and artistic depictions, becoming a symbol of divinity and purity in Christian art.

What did Jesus wear according to the Bible?

According to the Bible, Jesus wore a tunic, which was a common garment of the time, covering the body and extending down to the knees or ankles. He also wore sandals. The tunic was likely made of wool or linen and was a regular part of His everyday attire.

The Gospels also mention that Jesus had a seamless tunic, which was noted during His crucifixion (John 19:23). Additionally, Jesus is described as wearing a mantle with tassels, a tallith, which was a distinctively Jewish garment.


Many people wonder what Jesus Christ looked like, but the Bible does not provide a physical description of him. However, one day, Christians will see him and know his true appearance.

We should be glad that we do not know what Jesus looked like during his time on earth because how he looked is not what matters. God cares about what is inside a person’s heart, not their outside looks.

Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when Heappears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 1 John 3:2-3 (NASB)

Think about the state of your own heart. Are you filled with anger and focused on outward things, or are you concerned with the spiritual state of your heart? We should not worry about what Jesus looked like. What is important is that Jesus is our Lord, he saves us from our sins, and his coming back to life shows that he is truly our Lord (Romans 1:4).