On February 23, 1941, the bulletin cover was centered on “The Face of the Lord Jesus.” It is a noteworthy explanation of how believers and followers who never saw the living Christ have tried to depict him through the ages.
“Beautiful Saviour,” we sing, in expressing our adoration of the Lord Jesus. We think of Him as one whose appearance was of extraordinary nobility and beauty. Each of us pictures Him as He appears to our eyes of faith and love. As a matter of fact, we do not actually know how He looked to those who saw Him in Galilee more than 1900 years ago. No artist made for us a portrait of the Jesus of Nazareth who lived among men. For several centuries after His life on earth, no one as far as we know, made any attempt to record in painting or sculpture the appearance of the Lord Jesus.
When artists did begin to portray Him, for the decoration of their churches, they had to work out their ideas of what He must have looked like. Those early portraits are quite different from the picture of Jesus we think of now.