The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Faithful images

Many faces have kept Jesus relevant to people of every time and place

The Sunday school teacher explains to her 4-year-old pupils: "We don't really know what Jesus looked like. Our picture of Jesus on the wall is just the artist's idea."

A boy replies, "Well, it sure looks like him!"

To Jim Bailey, professor of New Testament at Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, it's a blessing that Jesus' appearance remains a mystery.

"This allows people to have multiple appropriate images of Christ," he said.

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