Did Jesus Really Wear a Beard?

It is rare to find a picture of Jesus or his disciples without long hair and even longer beards. In TV and movies, the actor portraying Jesus is always slightly feminine in nature, but with that iconic beard and general unkempt look. With no real pictures to satisfy our curiosity for what Jesus really did look like, we are left to the imagination of Hollywood screen writers.

Even as you read the scriptures, you will find few references to the way in which Jesus looked. We can make assumptions though, based on facts we know of his time on earth. For one thing, he followed the law of his father, and would not have allowed his hair to grow long. “Does not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame to him?” That alone goes completely against what modern man has in mind when they picture Jesus.

We also know that Jesus was a carpenter, and without the benefit of electric hand tools, likely had great upper body strength. So why on earth now is he shown as being a man who is only two steps away from dying of starvation?

What About the Beard?

While scripture does indeed point to a short haired Jesus with the body of a strong man, it also leads us to believe that a beard did adorn his cheeks and chin. “I give my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard, I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting.” Plus, since God gave the ability to grow a beard to man, but not women, than it is hard to argue that there was not good reason.

Jesus was a religious man, who would have followed the accepted rules for his time. That included not putting a razor to the face in order to make it clean.

What Should That Tell Us for Today’s Man?

Christian men should not be clean shaven if they are following the word of the bible. Their hair should be cut short, but not their beards. Yes, it is alright to get beard grooming tips to make it a more acceptable look in today’s society but the lower face should be covered.


Embrace the life and body that was gifted to you, by following the words of God and Christ to the letter. As Christians, we need to be better banded together, and growing beards is a great showing of solidarity in this world we live in today.