Color & Culture Of Messiah: Why It Matters

Yoel ben Yisrael
6 min readApr 15, 2020
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When I say the name Jesus, what image comes to your mind? What does he look like to you? Is he a white European man with blonde hair, ocean blue eyes, speaking the King James’ English, with a British accent? Do you picture something kind of like this?

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If you’re an Asian Believer in The Messiah, does The Messiah look Asian in your mind? If you are an Ethiopian who follows The Messiah of The New Testament, do you curate a brown-skinned Ethiopian looking Messiah, in your mind? Wait a minute, Yoel. Why does it matter? Who cares about the color of our Savior’s skin? Isn’t it of more importance, that he died for our sin? I agree. The fact and reality that God’s Son died for our sins is of perennial significance. Simultaneously, may I propound the idea that all Biblical truths matter? That knowing the color and culture of our Lord and Savior, would bring us closer to him, and perhaps even give us, as his disciples, a more lucid understanding of his lifestyle? If this piqued your interest and you haven’t clicked away, Hallelu Yah! Give yourself a round of applause. If you would, please allow me to articulate and submit an exposition, regarding the color and culture of The Messiah, The Prince of Peace, Immanu El, and why it matters.

Growing up, I was taught that Jesus was white. However, it wasn’t explicit. No one ever sat me down, looked me square in my eyes, and said: “Hey, how are you today? Fine weather we’re having, right? By the way, Jesus is white.” I was implicitly taught. By American pop culture. By illustrations. By pictures. By religion. By Hollywood. By television. By animated children cartoons. The iconography of a white Messiah, was so prevalent, so ubiquitous. I would posit that it still is today. That’s what pop culture instructs us to believe, but what does the Bible teach? Does the Bible give us any insight into what color our Savior was, while he was on earth? Hmm. Let’s look at Scripture and find out!

After they had gone, an angel of Yahweh appeared to Yoseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and escape to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you to leave. For Herod is going to look for the child in…

Yoel ben Yisrael

My citizenship is in The Kingdom of Heaven. Mattityah 4v17.