There are some religious groups that are spreading false teachings about Jesus Christ. These religious groups state Jesus Christ is really black, and white people whitewashed him. The Bible warns us about any type of false doctrine. Jesus Christ is neither white or black but Jewish. If anyone teaches another doctrine and disagrees with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and with godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. Instead, he has an unhealthy interest in controversies and semantics, out of which come envy, strife, abusive talk, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind who are devoid of the truth. These men regard godliness as a means of gain. – 1 Timothy 6:3-5. People who are teaching these false doctrines are as condemned as a murderer because they are being influence by the kingdom of darkness (John 8:44).
Jesus Christ as the Brand of God
First let’s discuss Jesus Christ being the brand of God, Jehovah. A brand is a name, term, design, symbol, or other feature that distinguishes an organization. For it is written, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. – John 1:1. The Greek word for word is logos. Today we use logos to brand organizations. For example part of McDonald’s brand is a yellow M with a red background. Jesus Christ is the logo of God. This is why Jesus told his disciples, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).
Image of Jesus Christ
Many people who have seen Jesus Christ through the spiritual world describe him the same way. They describe him as a man with light olive skin, long hair, wearing a white robe and a light around him. Not all people who have seen him are not necessarily Christians, but belong to other religions such as Islam, Hinduism, etc. Through out the history the image of Jesus Christ has not changed dramatically. Variety of artists had made small changes on the appearance of Jesus Christ such as the color of eyes, the texture of his hair, color tone of hair, or facial hair. However the image of Jesus Christ has been consistent through out the years.
Skin Color in the Bible
Jesus Christ is a Hebrew man, from the blood line of Abraham and King David (Matthew 1:16). Hebrews usually ranged from fair to tanned skin. According to Jeremiah 13:23, Ethiopians or the Cushites were a group of people associated with being black. The Cushites came from Cush who was a son of Ham, who is a son of Noah.
But what about Jeremiah stating he is black in Jeremiah 8:21 KJV? If you read the Hebrew translation, the Hebrew word eshbrthi translates to I’m broken and not I’m black. Keep in mind that the KJV Bible was published for the Church of England in 1611. Therefore English words were used differently back then.
Jesus Christ’s First Appearance in the Book of Revelation
His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance. – Revelation 1:13-16. The description of his appearance is symbolic. We will break it down each description line by line.
1. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow.
John describes how white Jesus Christ’s hair is by using both wool and snow. White wool is made out of a lamb or sheep. Jesus Christ is the Passover lamb of God led to slaughter for our sins even though he was without sin (1 Peter 1:19, Isaiah 53:7, 1 Corinthians 5:7, Revelation 5:12). When you see snow on the ground it’s pure and bright white.White symbolizes purity (Psalm 51:7).
2. And his eyes were like flames of fire.
Just like our God is a consuming fire, Jesus Christ, the son of the God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).
3. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace.
This scripture brings confusion to some people. Some people see Jesus Christ’s feet as being shiny brown or burnt black. However polish brass and bronze is bright and shiny. When in a furnace, metals do not have a burnt color but instead a bright neon color as though it is lava. Nobody on this Earth has a complexion that can glow like lava and metallic. This symbolizes that Jesus Christ is of God, and has been tested and purified by fire. God also tests and refines us like precious metals (Psalm 66:10, 1 Corinthians 3:13, Daniel 12:10, Zechariah 13:9). God, the father on the throne, is described as well as a glowing metal and fire (Ezekiel 1:27).
4. A sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth
The sword represents the word of God that can destroy anything.
5. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance.
His face shone like a sun represents God’s glory.
Instead of focusing on Jesus Christ’s skin, let’s focus on why Jesus Christ came on Earth. He came on a mission to show us how we can operate on Earth, and to give us back our dominion on Earth. Not only our sins are cleaned by his blood, but we have the greatest gift, the Holy Spirit. The only thing we have to do as sinners is to accept Jesus Christ in our heart and take up our cross. “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” – Matthew 16:24.