Q: Dear Sir, did Jesus the son of god have dark skin?
A: I could easily answer this question with a simple YES; however, I’m fully aware of certain religious groups preaching salvation base on race. Therefore I have to be extremely careful too agree that Jesus was of a dark descent, and disagree too salvation based on the color of the flesh.
Now, “Concerning (GOD) his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” (Rom 1:3-4)
The promise seed of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judea, and David as it was given by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost through prophecy was fulfilled in the Lord Jesus. This is essential because without these prophecies finding their fulfillment in Jesus he could not be the Messiah. But there’s more. He was the seed of David according to his (flesh, race) birth, however, he is declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Observe, he was NOT declared to be the SON of God because he was “BLACK” it was the spirit of righteous which we examine by the resurrection of Christ from the dead. So it is evident that Jesus wasn’t resurrected based on color.
Jesus answered his Jewish brother Nicodemus saying, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again. (John 3:5-7)
The recording of John’s account of the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus informs us that RACE isn’t the superior factors. In accordance to Jesus “JEWS” although they are black in race they must be reborn of the spirit. This would indicate that the natural physical birth into a Jewish decent is not enough to lay claim to God, because that which is born of the flesh is (nothing more then) flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, they must be born again.
It is the spirit that quickened; the flesh profited nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life, are ye so foolish, having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. For he is not a (Hebrew) Jew, which is one (in skin color) outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a (Hebrew) Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
As a testimony to this, there was a man named Cornelius who lived in Caesarea, captain of the Italian Guard stationed there and he was a thoroughly good man. He had led everyone in his house to live worshipfully before God, was always helping people in need, and had the habit of prayer. One day about three o’clock in the afternoon he had a vision. An angel of God, as real as his next-door neighbor, came in and said, “Cornelius.” Cornelius stared hard, wondering if he was seeing things. Then he said, “What do you want, sir?” The angel said, “Your prayers and neighborly acts have brought you to God’s attention. Here’s what you are to do. Send men to Joppa to get Simon, the one everyone calls Peter. He is staying with Simon the Tanner, whose house is down by the sea.” As soon as the angel was gone, Cornelius called two servants and one particularly devout soldier from the guard. He went over with them in great detail everything that had just happened, and then sent them off to Joppa. The next day as the three travelers were approaching the town, Peter went out on the balcony to pray, it was about noon.
Peter got hungry and started thinking about lunch. While lunch was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw the skies open up and something that looked like a huge blanket lowered by ropes at its four corners settled on the ground. Every kind of animal and reptile and bird you could think of was on it. Then a voice came: “Go to it, Peter–kill and eat.” Peter said, “Oh, no, Lord. I’ve never so much as tasted food that was not kosher.” The voice came a second time: “If God says it’s okay, it’s okay.” This happened three times, and then the blanket was pulled back up into the skies. As Peter, puzzled, sat there trying to figure out what it all meant, the men sent by Cornelius showed up at Simon’s front door. They called in, asking if there was a Simon, also called Peter, staying there. Peter, lost in thought, didn’t hear them, so the Spirit whispered to him, “Three men are knocking at the door looking for you. Get down there and go with them. Don’t ask any questions. I sent them to get you.” Peter went down and said to the men, “I think I’m the man you’re looking for. What’s up?”
They said, “Captain Cornelius, a God-fearing man well-known for his fair play–ask any Jew in this part of the country–was commanded by a holy angel to get you and bring you to his house so he could hear what you had to say.” Peter invited them in and made them feel at home. The next morning he got up and went with them. Some of his friends from Joppa went along. A day later they entered Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had his relatives and close friends waiting with him. The minute Peter came through the door, Cornelius was up on his feet greeting him–and then down on his face worshiping him! Peter pulled him up and said, “None of that–I’m a man and only a man, no different from you.” Talking things over, they went on into the house, where Cornelius introduced Peter to everyone who had come. Peter addressed them, “You know, I’m sure that this is highly irregular. Jews just don’t do this–visit and relax with people of another race. But God has just shown me that no race is better than any other.
Interjection: Actually how did God show Peter. The answer is found in the vision, remember,
While lunch was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw the skies open up and something that looked like a huge blanket lowered by ropes at its four corners settled on the ground. Every kind of animal and reptile and bird you could think of was on it. Then a voice came: “Go to it, Peter–kill and eat.” Peter said, “Oh, no, Lord. I’ve never so much as tasted food that was not kosher.” The voice came a second time: “If God says it’s okay, it’s okay.”
The huge blanket lowered by ropes at its four corners settled on the ground, is the Gospel of Jesus which is commission to reach the four corners of the earth and captured every kind of animal and reptile and bird. The animal and reptile and bird represent the gentiles in every nation. Thus, the voice came a second time: “If God says it’s okay, it’s okay.” confirming that Gentiles would be made acceptable by the gospel of the Lord Jesus. And this is what Peter meant when he expressed, But God has just shown me that no race is better than any other.
So the minute I was sent for, I came, no questions asked. But now I’d like to know why you sent for me.” Cornelius said, “Four days ago at about this time, midafternoon, I was home praying. Suddenly there was a man right in front of me, flooding the room with light. He said, ‘Cornelius, your daily prayers and neighborly acts have brought you to God’s attention. I want you to send to Joppa to get Simon, the one they call Peter. He’s staying with Simon the Tanner down by the sea.’ “So I did it–I sent for you. And you’ve been good enough to come. And now we’re all here in God’s presence, ready to listen to whatever the Master put in your heart to tell us.” Peter fairly exploded with his good news: “It’s God’s own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from–if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open. The Message he sent to the children of Israel–that through Jesus Christ everything is being put together again–well, he’s doing it everywhere, among everyone.
Although Cornelius was not of a Jewish descent it is apparent that he became a Hebrew by the spirit by conversion. So no one is a (Hebrew) Jew, which is one (in skin color) outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a (Hebrew) Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
There is no respect of persons with God. But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:
While I agree that Jesus was of a black descent of David, it wasn’t the color of his skin that brought salvation, and anyone that claims relationship with God based on racial creed is awfully misguided.
(John 6:63 Gal 3:3 Gal 6:8 Rom 2:28-29 Act 10:1-36 Rom 2:11 Gal 2:6)