Do you know that Jesus didn’t have long hair? Most people think so. However, a deeper look at what the Bible really says will show you the shocking truth. Here are 3 shocking reasons that Jesus didn’t have long hair!
This might shock you but the plain truth from your Bible reveals Jesus, or properly known as Yahshua, as someone who had SHORT hair! Yes, you read that right. While it is true that Jesus is always depicted as someone with a semi-feminine face, long hair, and smooth facial skin, this is VERY FAR from the Jesus of your Bible.
I can still remember when I was still in my elementary years. It is time for haircut inspection in our classroom and at that time, I forgot to have my hair cut.
So when it was my turn – fearing the dreadful reputation of our teacher in cutting hair – I immediately reasoned, “You should not cut my hair because Jesus has a longer hair than mine!”
My teacher thought about it for a second and guess what, I did not receive any penalty at that time but I was given the chance to visit the barbershop.
I know, I am at fault but that situation should have driven my teacher to reconsider his belief.
Is it really true that Christ has long hair? I will prove to you through the scripture that He didn’t. I present to you 3 reasons to prove my point.
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Reason number 1: I Corinthians 11:14
“Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him?” (I Corinthians 11:14)
This scripture clearly tells us that if a man has long hair, it is shameful and even disgraceful to him. The universal custom for men is to wear short hair while women should have long hair.
In the time of Jesus’ life, the Jews regard a man with long hair as someone who is deviant and never regarded the custom of the land.
According to New York University’s Lawrence Schiffman, “The Jewish texts ridiculed long hair as something Roman or Greek.” This is also supported by the findings of the physical anthropologist Joe Zias, who has studied hundreds of skeletons found in archaeological digs in Jerusalem. He mentioned, “Jewish men back in antiquity did not have long hair.”
The writer of I Corinthians was Paul who was also a disciple of Jesus (who himself have taught Paul for more than a year). Since this is the case, it is safe to say that Jesus himself inspired Paul to write this portion of his letter to the Corinthians.
So why Jesus should say that it is shameful to have a long hair while all along He had long hair? Sound illogical and the only logical explanation is that Jesus never had long hair.
Reason number 2: Christ didn’t stand out from the crowd
We can draw circumstantial shreds of evidence by carefully reading the four gospels. When Jesus was physically alive, the people around Him have short hair (this can easily be proven by reading historical findings of how people looked like during the antiquities).
Since males have short hair, Jesus can easily be spotted and easily stand out from the crowd IF He had long hair. But this wasn’t the case.
As a matter of fact, the Pharisees have to pay 30 pieces of silver to Judas for him to identify who Jesus was. The Pharisees can easily tell the guards that the one with long hair is Jesus and yet, they have difficulty in determining which of them is Jesus Christ because Jesus is an average-looking guy.
Isaiah 53:2 mentioned: “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.”
In addition to this, Jesus easily escaped from arrest and danger by blending into the crowd every time the guards tried to seize Him. We can read at least two occasions this happened in Luke 4:30 and John 8:59.
Reason number 3: Christ is not a weakling
If Christ had long hair, he would look like a tender, effeminate man. If we would be honest, the popular paintings of Christ make Him like a weakling.
Jesus is never a skinny and flimsy man. He is not weak but rather rugged and strong man. He was a carpenter, a man who is well acquainted with constructing buildings, furniture, and many hard-labored tasks.
For this reason, there was no way that He remained to be as skinny as many people have had assumed. He was not a weakling but a man strong enough to drive away merchants and throw big and heavy tables to the air when He became angry of the people making the house of God a house of business.
People don’t respect an effeminate and weak-looking guy. However, as we read in the Bible, we could see that Christ was someone who commands great authority. He was respected by many and have earned their trust and confidence.
What’s popular does not necessarily mean it is right
These are the three pieces of evidence that clearly tell us the appearance of our Lord and Savior Yahshua or Jesus Christ.
It is a fact that we can never tell how exactly Jesus Christ looked like since no one ever lived and took a picture of Him. But we can be certain of how He did NOT look like through the scriptures.
Does it matter what you believe?
Yes, it greatly matters to God the Father and Jesus Christ how we perceive them. Jesus said in John 4:23-24: “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the TRUE worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him MUST worship God in spirit and truth.”
Therefore, if you want to worship God, you must do it in SPIRIT and TRUTH. Now ask your self, is Jesus having long hair the truth? Answer that question HONESTLY and I hope you know the right answer.
God and Jesus Christ are SPIRIT and we should never try to reduce Them in mere statues and posters. Their glory and praise cannot b contained in physical things. Thus, we must worship God and Jesus in Truth and Spirit.
If you want to be a true and real follower of Christ, REJECT any falsehood; reject anything that pollutes the genuine message of Yahshua. You must set aside how you want to worship God but rather you must ask God how He wants you to worship Him. Make the right decision and you will soon discover, the truth shall set you free.