I found this picture (H/T: Ben Myers) intriguing, it was painted by theologian Oliver Crisp (who is also author of this book published by T&T Clark). It doesn’t portray Jesus in His typical “iconic” light; this Jesus is much more dark and somber, apparently more vexed as you look into His eyes, His skin more olive tone (almost Jewish looking). I know Ben and Oliver are friends, if this Jesus had glasses there is almost a slight resemblance between this painting and Ben Myers.
Seriously though, and this is a sad admission, my initial response to this rendition was: “hey, that’s not how Jesus looked!” To be honest, this picture almost makes me think of a “rocker type” guy, one that you might find on a CD cover. Sometimes I wonder why, in all our “images” of Jesus, we make Him with an appearance that is not “ugly” or “unattractive” — even Crisp’s rendition does not present Jesus in an “unesteemed” light; but this picture, in my opinion, certainly captures elements of Jesus’ demeanor that many and most other images do not! I wonder what you think? Maybe you don’t think we should have “images” of Jesus at all . . .