Copy of this painting of the Risen One by unkown artist (original artwork is located in Milan; According to Rudolf Steiner, it resembles Jesus as He was during His human life on earth) and the Crucified One below by Matthias Grünewald, are found around the world on the altars of the Christian Community, when there is no painted picture. Even in a single painting there should be both figures present: The Crucified One and the Risen One, Steiner said.
East has always better understood the Resurrection, while West has placed its emphasis more on the Crucifixion. It is certainly true that without suffering and death, there would be no victory over death, but it is equally true that if we only gaze at the figure of man, Jesus of Nazareth, who died 2000 years ago in Palestine, we risk losing the Risen and Living Christ among us today from our sight! It is said, that if Jesus was a man, in a true sense of a word we surely are not; We only have a dream of man and calling to become one. The Son of Man is the high future goal of humanity. He will consecrate us to humanity as we reach to join him to the body and blood.
Christ is working cosmically in the world and mystically within every human soul. He entered all the way down to the very core of the Earth, and joined with humankind through blood ties, as our older brother. To understand Christ for us, we first must learn to know Christ in us. One way to develop a relationship with this Christ without and within, is to celebrate the Mass. We love God and through Jesus all people; God made us unto His images, that is, images of His Son, for "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation" (Col.1:15).
However, when we exalt Christ there lies another danger as Osho shows us: "Jesus is just like us: a human being with a body, with ordinary life; very human. Now, for a very great egoist this won't do. He needs a very, very purified figure. Christ is nothing but Jesus purified. It is just like if you make curd out of your milk, then take cream out of it, and then you make ghee out of the cream. Then ghee is the purest part, the most essential. Now you cannot make anything out of ghee. Ghee is the last refinement, the white petrol. From kerosene, petrol; from petrol, white petrol. Now, no more; it is finished. Christ is just the purified Jesus."
These two paintings above and below, belong to the famous Isenheim Altarpiece, painted by aforementioned Matthias Grünewald. Stigmatic and Anthroposophist Judith von Halle writes, that you can have the best mental image of the moment of Resurrection by meditating on this painting above. Meditation on this picture effects on soul so strongly, because it contains details only an initiate could have been painted. Even if person didn't understand all this by thinking, their higher soul, self-unaware divine side observes the evident truth in this work of art. (Below, character on the right is John the Baptist.)
The Shroud of Turin.
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In Western art Jesus is often presented with blonde hair and blue eyes. This is also how Catholic visionary Maria Valtorta saw Him. Image on the left is a portrait of the "Ascended Master Jesus Christ" - just one of many "masters" - as supposedly seen by artist, Charles Sindelar in 1929, and who himself was in his previous incarnation Leonardo Da Vinci, and also became Ascended Master after this life as Sindelar. Picture is spread among many offshoots of so called "I AM" ACTIVITY, groups that are dedicated to teachings from these high beings.
However, Jesus is not for Westerners only, not even for Christians alone; Paramahansa Yogananda described Jesus as He appeared to him: "He looks very much like the painting Christ at 33 by Heinrich Hoffman (below), except he has olive skin and black hair, sparse beard and mustache, slightly flattened nose tip."
However, a "sleeping prophet" Edgar Cayce gave completely different discription about Jesus, than Yogananda, in his coma-like trance: "The Master’s hair is most red, inclined to be curly in portions, yet not feminine or weak – STRONG, with heavy piercing eyes that are blue or steel-gray. His weight would be at least a hundred and seventy pounds. Long tapering fingers, nails well kept. Long nail, though, on the left little finger."
And Roman Catholic visionary Anne Catherine Emmerich gave following discription on Jesus: “The complexion of our Lord was fair, like that of Mary, and slightly tinted with red; but his exposure to the weather during the last three years had tanned him considerably. His chest was wide, but not hairy like that of St. John Baptist; his shoulders broad, and his arms and thighs sinewy; his knees were strong and hardened, as is usually the case with those who have either walked or knelt much, and his legs long, with very strong muscles; his feet were well formed, and his hands beautiful, the fingers being long and tapering, and although not delicate like those of a woman, still not resembling those of a man who had labored hard. His neck was rather long, with a well-set and finely proportioned head; his forehead large and high; his face oval; his hair, which was far from thick, was of a golden brown color, parted in the middle and falling over his shoulders; his beard was not any great length, but pointed and divided under the chin.”
It is told about another Indian Guru, Sri Ramakrishna, that... "One day Sri Ramakrishna was sitting in Jadu Mallick’s parlour. On the wall of the parlour hang a painting of Madonna and Child. He was looking intently at this picture and thinking about the extraordinary life of Jesus when he suddenly felt that the picture became living. Rays of light coming from the Mother and Child entered his heart and began to change radically the ideas stored there, Hindu conceptions were being chased into hiding and new thoughts were displacing them, In vain he struggled within himself, and prayed, ‘Mother, what strange changes are you bringing in me?’ His devotion to the gods and goddesses was eclipsed for the time being, and replaced by a great love for the Christ, while pictures of Christian priests and devotees performing worship filled his mind. Although Sri Ramakrishna returned to his room at Dhakshineswar, he remained absorbed in the new mood which had swept over him. He did not visit the Kali Temple on the morrow, or the next, or the next: the Divine Mother was forgotten. Near the end of the third day, as he was walking in the Panchavati he saw- evidently with his open eyes – a god man of fair complexion coming toward him with a steadfast look. Recognizing him as a foreigner, he saw that his eyes and face were beautiful; his nose was a little flat, but this appeared to be no blemish in that divine countenance. Sri Ramakrishna wondered who this was. The answer came from his heart, but in words loud enough that he described them as ‘ringing’: ‘Lord Jesus the Christ, the Master-Yogi, eternally one with God, who shed his heart’s blood for the deliverance of men! It is He!’ The figure embraced the Master and disappeared into his body, leaving the latter in ‘bhavasamadhi,’ at one with Saguna Brahman [Attribute Brahman] for some time."
There is also picture of Jesus (below), that is claimed to be a photograph produced by guru Sathya Sai Baba.
A Physical description of Jesus is also given in a letter supposedly written by Lentulus, a Roman official in Judea, for the Roman Senate:
There hath appeared in these times, and still is, a man of great power named Jesus Christ, who is called by the Gentiles (peoples) the prophet of truth, who his disciples call the Son of God: raising the dead and healing diseases, a man in stature middling tall, and comely, having a reverend countenance, which they that look upon may love and fear; having hair the hue of an unripe hazel-nut and smooth almost down to his ears, but from the ears in curling locks somewhat darker and more shining, waving over (from) his shoulders; having a parting in the middle of the head according to the fashion of the Nazareans; a brow smooth and very calm with a face without wrinkle or any blemish, which a moderate color makes beautiful; with the nose and mouth no fault at all can be found; having a full beard the color of his hair, not long, but a little forked at the chin; having an expression simple and mature, the eyes grey, glancing and clear; in rebuke terrible, in admonition kind and lovable, cheerful yet keeping gravity; sometimes he hath wept, but never laughed; in stature of body tall and straight, with hands and arms fair to look upon; in talk grave, reserved and modest.
However, this letter is regarded as apocryphal, not authentic.
...And this one: Is this a photo of Jesus?
Yet another supposed Jesus photo, taken by Sr. Anna Ali
The Divine Mercy. (See also: Divine Mercy Image Download Site; And The Divine Mercy image for poligraphic printing.) More on the Divine Mercy, see subcategory, Devotion and music.
This beautiful rendering combines the Divine Mercy with the Sacred Heart.
Portrait of Jesus as mystic and stigmatic Rhoda Wise saw him.
This type of icon is called "made-without-hands"; See Image of Edessa.
We have seen Jesus on film...
...and even in cartoons.
Above presentation of the baptism of Jesus is part of controversial gay affirming exhibition, Ecce Homo, by Swedish photographer, Elisabeth Ohlsson.
Truth is not our idea of Jesus but Jesus himself. Therefore we can't rule the truth but truth is ruling us.
There are some people who very well know who Christ is. My Christ is greater than I think I know at all. I don't have to be able to define in detail who he is, and even less to declare that those are damned who disagree. If Athanasius was Saint, he was Saint for some other reasons than sayings like that; In that case he was Saint in spite of that.
Why would I argue with Christians for what we think is the truth? It is important here that we all love Christ...
- Voitto Viro, Finnish Lutheran Vicar, 1914-1999
Print a beautiful black and white picture of Jesus from pdf-file!
Stare at the picture below for a while, then close your eyes; what do you see?
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OTHER IMAGES OF JESUS CHRIST
14 Mysterious photographs of Jesus
An Apparition in the Night Sky
Faces of Jesus
Free Pictures of Jesus
Images of Jesus Christ by Luc Freymanc
Jesus Christ Pictures
Jesus of Light
Jesus with you always
Master Jesus by David Anrias
Physical Descriptions of Jesus
Picture of Jesus - Images from the New Testament
The Jesus Film
The Lord Maitreya ("Christ" to some) by David Anrias
Watch the Passion of the Christ online
Icon painted by Nicholas Morosoft for request of J.I. Wedgewood, founding-bishop of the Liberal Catholic Church.
Jesus says: "Blessed are the poor, the gentle, those who mourn, those who hunger and thirst for uprightness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness" (Matthew 5:3-10). These words offer us a self-portrait of Jesus. Jesus is the Blessed One. And the face of the Blessed One shows poverty, gentleness, grief, hunger, and thirst for uprightness, mercy, purity of heart, a desire to make peace, and the signs of persecution.
The whole message of the Gospel is this: become like Jesus. We have his self-portrait. When we keep that in front of our eyes, we will soon learn what it means to follow Jesus and become like him.
Henri J.M. Nouwen
JESUS CHRIST IN WORDS
A Portrait of Jesus: From Galilean Jew to the Face of God
Comparison Chart: Religious Views of Jesus
I AM WITH YOU Foundation
Jesus is a Liberal
Life of Jesus - explore it, experience it, live it!
Oscar Wilde and Christ the Poet
Sequential Life of Jesus, with Gospel References
The Clock of the Passion
The Jewish Roman World of Jesus
The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ - A Restatement of the Gospels by Preston Thomas
The Parables of Jesus
The Physical Suffering of Jesus
The Wild Christ
The Words of Jesus of Nazareth: Modern presentation
What Jesus was recorded as saying
Why Jesus? Quotes from individuals, who never professed to be Christians...
Wikipedia: Parables of Jesus
Wikipedia: Religious Perspectives on Jesus
Some artists have represented Christ in their paintings surrounded with rays, meaning that through his consciousness he is present and acting in all regions of the universe. The Christ, the cosmic principle, spreads its light everywhere, fully. It leaves no place for darkness.
Omraam Mikhaël Aivanhov
"Who do people say that I am?" Mark 8.27
Can I answer Christ's question from my own personal experience? While it is tempting to focus just on who Jesus was, perhaps this is a quiet moment to ponder what Christ continues to be in and through me and others? Feel the mystery of Christ lingering in the heart-center with warmth, kindling the rising flame of I-Am-ness in body, mind and soul.
The Church of Conscious Harmony
ALTERNATIVE JESUS SOURCES
10 Christ-like Figures who pre-date Jesus
Alternative Gospels of Jesus
An Exposition on Jesus by Sathya Sai Baba
Christ Consciousness (Christusbewustzijn)
Christ Enlightened Answers: The Lost Teachings of Jesus Unveiled
Christ, Manifestation of Love by Beinza Douno, Extracts from Lectures
Discover Jesus in the Urantia Book
His New Word (Jakob Lorber)
Jesus and Krishna
Jesus Christ and A Course in Miracles
Jesus of Jehovah's Witnesses
Life and Teachings of Lord Jesus by Sri Swami Sivananda (pdf)
Mormon Doctrine about Jesus
Osho: The Unknown Life of Jesus
Other Jesus Sources
Preparation for Jesus from the Edgar Cayce Readings (part 1)
Preparation for Jesus from the Edgar Cayce Readings (part 2)
Return Path to Eden (The Aquarian Gospel)
The Christ Myth
The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ by Anne Catherine Emmerich
The Gnostic Jesus (according to Samael Aun Weor)
The Islamic and Christian Views of Jesus: A Comparison
The Jewish view of Jesus
The Lost Years of Jesus; The Life of Saint Issa
The Mystical Teachings of Jesus
The New Gospel
The New New Testament
The Poem of the Man-God by Maria Valtorta
The Teachings of Swedenborg concerning the Lord Jesus Christ and the Divine Trinity
Was Jesus a Buddhist?
Ways of Christ: very recommendable website!
Wikipedia: Master Jesus
Wikipedia: Unknown Years of Jesus
"This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." Acts 1:11
When Jesus says: "Sky and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away" (Luke 21:33), he shows us a direct way to eternal life. The words of Jesus have the power to transform our hearts and minds and lead us into the Kingdom of God. "The words I have spoken to you," Jesus says, "are spirit and they are life" (John 6:63).
Through meditation we can let the words of Jesus descend from our minds into our hearts and create there a dwelling place for the Spirit. Whatever we do and wherever we go, let us stay close to the words of Jesus. They are words of eternal life. Henri J.M. Nouwen