The Portrait: Black Jesus. White Jesus.
I remember when I was a child hearing about how it is written that we are not to make any graven images of God or things in heaven, Exodus 20:4. Firstly, I didn’t really understand what that meant. What was a graven image? Secondly, what would be the repercussions if we did make said images? Not until recently I realized the damage that a graven image of Jesus Christ can have on an individuals perspective of Him and the Truth.
Many still are not 100% certain what is considered a ‘Graven Image’, so I’ll give the definition for it according to handy dandy Merriam-Webster.
Grav.en Im.age – A carved idol or representation of a god used as an object of worship.
Graven-Engrave -(an inscription or image) on a surface.
Image-A representation of the external form of a person or thing in sculpture, painting, etc.
Back in the Bible days images we’re mostly carved out of wood or stone and covered in gold or silver; but today graven images have taken a form beyond just stone and wood, now graven images are on glass, canvas, metal, plastic, jewelry, of course wood and stone as well (“what was will be again..” Ecclesiastes 1:9). Who would ever think that something seemingly as innocent as a portrait of Jesus could cause a wildfire. Although there are many images of what some people believe is Him on chains, rings, stained glass, t-shirts and other things we all know about, I want to specifically talk about the images on canvas i.e paintings, drawings, sketches, of what people say are Jesus.
It is written in Deuteronomy 4:15-19, “Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth: And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.” Many persons still have disobeyed this and because of that we have many problems toady and many religions have been formed where people do exactly what this scriptures said not to do.
A while back during a meeting I was attending, one of the guys present made a very surprising comment, surprising because it was a Christian Church meeting and well this guy is an avid church attendee, so his comment really came out of left field. He said “I believe in God but I don’t believe in Jesus”, I asked, “Why?”, He said, “Because Jesus is white and I’m just not into that foolishness ’bout no white man being God”. I said, “How do you know that Jesus is white?” he replied, “Because of the pictures of Him”. I told him, “That’s not Jesus, nobody alive has seen the face of Jesus, those are just different person’s ideas of what Jesus looks like”. He still wasn’t convinced because he said, “I don’t believe all that Jesus stuff. I believe in God, nobody can tell me God ain’t real; but I can’t get with that Jesus business.” I told him, “But God the Father and Jesus Christ are one”, Jesus said this Himself in John 10:30, so you cannot deny the Son and say you believe in the Father, if you deny the Son you deny the Father as well.” (1 John 2:23).
I could see the guy was getting upset the more I affirmed that Jesus and the Father are one, and at that point it seemed futile trying to further convince him that Jesus and the Father are one, because the damage had already been done to him. He took all those images he saw of what was supposed to represent Jesus, literally. Before I had this discussion with this guy I never really thought that the pics we see in homes, in churches, and other places of Jesus were harmful, if anything I simply thought well these are people who love and believe in God and these are just symbols representing the God they serve; but turns out there are people who don’t feel the same way at all and that has snowballed into something huge that’s going on today and many don’t see it.
Someone might say ,”Well, that guy is foolish if he doesn’t believe in Jesus because of a picture he saw”, but that guy is one of many who are hung up over an image presented in picture frames, instead of sitting down and rightly dividing the word of God and searching to see what the scriptures say about Christ. It’s sad that the race of Christ, for some, takes precedence over the the reason for which He came here, which was to redeem us, to reconcile us to God. All this deception and confusion brought about in regards to race is all the work of the enemy, this is to cause division and many have fallen for it. This White Jesus, Black Jesus stuff is ensnaring many into the doctrines of demons. People need to realize this skin colour thing in regards to Christ, is a carnal fleshly argument. ALL who say Christ was White, or Black, or Latino, or whatever race, really do not realize that you are judging Him based on flesh, when you make claims like Christ is black or white, you are walking according to the flesh and not in the Spirit because the Spirit of truth knows the truth, the truth is that God does not seeks those who will serve Him based on a race, but “He seeks for those who will serve Him in Spirit and in Truth”, John 4:24.
Yes, Christ came in the flesh, in order to save us who are in the flesh, from the flesh, from sin which reigns in the flesh. Skin colour is merely flesh. God wants a people to serve Him is SPIRIT and in TRUTH. This Black Jesus, White Jesus stuff is straight from the father of lies who loves to cause confusion. How can you all not see this? Have you become ignorant of the devils devices? This is a warning to forsake those lies, please, they will only cause many to end up on the wrong end of the judgement of God when he returns in wrath to punish those who did not become lovers of the truth. The truth is Jesus Christ is the SON of God, the truth is only through Jesus Christ do we have eternal life, (1 John 5:11-12). Those who follow the lies about the skin colour of Jesus, need to humble themselves and go to Christ to heal them of their blindness and hardened hearts, hardened against the truth and poisoned by the wicked lies of the devil. Worship God the Father in Spirit and in Truth and avoid these foolish argument over what colour Christ was..
Truth is nobody alive has seen God to be painting anything of Him. Also, it may not necessarily be the actual portrait that causes the person to react the way they do or to think the way they think, but moreso it is the enemy placing those thoughts there, as I mentioned earlier, it is a tactic of the enemy to cause confusion. God knowing all things is aware of the tricks of the enemy and so He advises us beforehand on many things to avoid so that we would not be caught in the snares and traps of the enemy.
Jesus is neither black, white, asian, hispanic, native american, mulatto, elbino whatever. As believers we must realize that God is not a particular race, He is beyond a skin colour. If we were all created in His image how can any one group say He is this or He is that, He is neither and all at the same time. Jesus is the image of the invisible God, Colossians 1:15. Invisible God? That’s right, and “…although His physical attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans 1:20-21.
So, graven images of God can be damaging to some degree, it can be a deterrent when it comes to speaking about Jesus, although many are indeed ignorant and are hellbent on suppressing the truth, graven images of Him are still not helping the situation. God is not a skin colour but a Spirit, and He wants us to serve Him in Spirit and in truth, John 4:23.
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” John 4:23 nkjv.