John describes Jesus in revelation as having white hair. Does that mean He aged?

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Wendy:

Geneva asks. John describes Jesus in Revelation as having white hair. Does that mean Jesus aged since his resurrection?

Tina:

That is a really interesting question. He’s I’ve actually thought the same thing, except for the thing is, well, let’s go ahead and look at this first in Revelation chapter one, this is where you’re talking about where Jesus reveals himself to the Apostle John.

Tina:

And John describes how he looks physically and the thing with Revelation that you have to always remember is that everything is kind of symbolic. I’m not saying that Jesus wasn’t literally how he is described here because obviously I’m not going to take away from the word of God, especially this chapter. But I would think it’s more.

Tina:

He’s pictured this way for the purpose of symbolism, in a sense. So let’s go ahead and look at Jesus here in Revelation chapter one, and it says in verse 14. Actually, we’ll start in verse 13 and then 14, it says in the midst of the seven candlesticks, like one like unto the Son of man. So we know this is Jesus closed with a garment down to the feet and girted out the chest with a golden band. Here we see Jesus in the middle of the seven golden candlesticks.

Tina:

In verse 14. It says his head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes like a flame of fire. Now does this mean that Jesus literally has white hair? Maybe that’s true. But when I read this, I can’t help but be reminded of another verse in the Bible.

Tina:

If you look in the book of Isaiah, chapter one, verse 18, it says something very interesting there that’s very similar.

Tina:

One eight, and it reads Here, come now, let us reason together, says the Lord, though your sins are like Scarlet, which is red, they shall be as white as the snow, though they are red like Crimson, they shall be as wool. So again we see white as snow and clean like wool. I do believe Jesus may have white hair, and that’s a real possibility. But I think it’s more depicting the Holiness and the sinlessness of Jesus Christ, because Jesus had been crucified as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.

Tina:

He was resurrected, and he ascended to heaven.

Tina:

And that’s where John sees him in his vision. And I think it’s more depicting Christ’s sinlessness as he’s up in the heavenly sanctuary. We know that because we read in verse 13 that he was in the middle of the seven golden candlesticks. And so that’s where Jesus would be. And Jesus says he ascended to sit on the right hand of the throne of his Father.

Tina:

And that would be again in this sanctuary. So here we see Jesus with that beautiful white hair again, I don’t think there’s so much an age of matter. I think it’s more of a depiction of who Jesus is being the sinless and Holy Son of God. And then again, it says his eyes are flim fire. Does Jesus really have eyes as fire, or is it more he looks into every person to try them because that’s what it says in another part of the Bible.

Tina:

So I think Jesus may have white hair. That’s fine. I don’t think it’s an aging thing. I think it’s more of a depiction of his Holiness.

 


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