What Does God Look Like?

You've heard the story of the little girl who was drawing a picture in Sunday school.  Her teacher came up behind her and said, "What are you drawing, Sally?"

And Sally said, "Well, it's a picture of God."

The teacher said, "Well, Sally, nobody knows what God looks like," and Sally said, "They will when I get done with this picture."

That's a silly story, yet over the centuries, Christians have tried somehow to picture Jesus. When we do, we usually wind up picturing Him to look like we think He ought to look. 

There's the stoic image of Jesus in the earliest days of the church.

In the 50s, there was a guy who wrote a little book entitled Did Jesus Have Long Hair?  His answer was, no, Jesus did not and the booklet had a picture on the front, of Jesus with a crew cut.

If you see pictures of Jesus drawn in the 70s, He looks like a campus radical.

The Jesus of the 80s is a macho Jesus – perfectly proportioned, well groomed.

The Jesus of the 21st century may be the androgynous Jesus that we see sometimes or the picture of the laughing Jesus.

Any time we begin to try to depict God, we begin to give Him the attributes that we think He should have, and we begin to keep Him from having any of the attributes that we'd rather He not have. 

The Bible says in Isaiah 40:25:

To whom then will you compare Me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One.

We cannot picture God because there's nothing to which He compares.  He is too wonderful, too great, too majestic, and too mighty for our mind to conceive or for our words to express.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!