The Self Portrait of Christ
The Faces of Christ
How many times have we christians imagined what Christ looks like? Most artists draw him as a caucasian male with long hair and a beard. I've never seen him drawn as short or tall or thin or heavy. He's drawn as average. Not someone who would stand out in a crowd. Not ugly, not handsome.
Though there are other names and terms given Christ in scripture, we have no physical description...or do we? Consider the words of Christ who vividly describes himself in Matthew 25, after being asked by the righteous, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you? (verses 37-39)
In verse 40, Christ's description of himself is very precise. "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers (and sisters), you did it to me."
In his self portrait, Christ portrays himself as the least of these. He had already established 'these' to be the hungry, thirsty, naked and in bondage.
Is it our habit to see Christ as always the giver and never in need of anything? Then, we need to rethink our views. If we walk with our Lord daily and maintain a close personal relationship with him, we will never fail to recognize him.