I would like to take just a little time to see what the Watchtower said about Jesus. The organization throughout various points within it’s history has had conflicting teachings on who Jesus was. They settled on Michael in the 1920s with quotes such as:
But Jesus was a prince, the Son of God. In his prehuman condition his name was Michael. He created the angels and everything else in the universe, except God himself.
The Watchtower and Herald of Christ’s Kingdom.. April 1, 1929 p. 109
This isn’t the only thing that has been subject to change. Jesus, while on earth had his appearance change as well. I would like to start by covering the beard of Jesus.
The word “boldness” here used means frankness, bluntness, speaking freely and with confidence, outspokenness. This proves what kind of man Jesus was, of whom the apostles learned. It also proves that Jesus was, of whom the apostles learned. It also proves that Jesus has been grossly misrepresented by others. Grace was poured upon Jesus’ lips. But that did not mean that he had to rub his hands together, pull his beard, and look down when he spoke to somebody else. Jesus was straightforward.
The Watchtower and Herald of Christ’s Kingdom. July 15, 1927 p. 214, 215
Grace is used in the above quote and you as a Watchtowerite knows the New World Translation equivalent: Undeserved kindness.
This spurred a question: Are you as a Watchtowerite straightforward when you are in field service telling the people why you are knocking on their door?
The traditional picture of Jesus shows him with long hair and beard, but the Watch Tower publications illustrate him as beardless and with short hair. Which is correct?—M. H., United States.
The later Watch Tower publications show Jesus as beardless and with short hair because he is shown that way in representations of him that are older than the traditional effeminate-looking picture.
The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom. August 15, 1954 p. 511
When Jesus Christ was a man on earth, did he wear a beard?—K.A., U.S.A.
Biblical evidence is the most reliable testimony to be found on this question, and a recent careful review of what it says indicates that Jesus did indeed have a beard.
The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom. May 1, 1968 p. 286
Here are some considerations:
Depictions throughout the history of Christendom whether it be the Eastern which is the Eastern Orthodox church or Western Christianity of which the umbrella includes Catholicism, Protestants, and Evangelicals predominately depict the adult Jesus with a beard. There are all according to the organization under the control of Satan. However, these groups under Satan’s control have shown that they had it correct all along.
The organization said Biblical evidence is the most reliable testimony. Here’s some verses from the New World Translation:
- Galatians 4:4 (NWT)-But when the full limit of the time arrived, God sent his Son, who was born of a woman, and who was under the law,
- Galatians was written in the year 56 A.D.
- Leviticus 19:27 (NWT)-You must not shave the hair on the side of your head or disfigure the edges of your beard.
- Leviticus was written between 1440 and 1400 B.C.
- Isaiah 50:6 (NWT)-Prophetic passage that says (NWT): I offered my back to those striking me And my cheeks to those who plucked them bare. I did not hide my face from humiliating things and from spit.
- Isaiah was written between 701 and 681 B.C.
- Dates are provided by www.gotquestions.org.
Now, I will never call myself a biblical scholar at all however, the organization didn’t read any of those verses that I just quickly did. After reading through those verses it should have been plainly evident.
Now that the Watchtower is finally right on Jesus having a beard, let’s talk about something I came across recently, what happened to the body of Jesus?
Our Lord’s human body, the one crucified, was removed from the tomb by the power of God. Had it remained there it would have been an obstacle in the way of the faith of his disciples, who were not yet instructed in spiritual things. They were not thus instructed until the giving of the holy spirit at Pentecost. The scriptures do not reveal what became of that body, except that it did not decay or corrupt. (Acts 2:27-31) We can only surmise that the Lord may have preserved it somewhere to exhibit to the people of the millennial age.
The Harp of God. 1921, 1928 ed. p. 172
Here he was crucified and not impaled because again, the New World Translation didn’t exist.
What happened to the perfect fleshly body of Jesus after his death? Was it preserved so that in time men will look upon it in worship? or does Jesus still have this fleshly body in the heavens, “spiritualized” so that it can be seen and worshiped? Neither. The Scriptures answer: It was disposed of by Jehovah God, dissolved into its constituent elements or atoms.
The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom. September 1, 1953 p. 518
If the body would remain, there would be visible creature worship.
This is the last time that the organization used the term “disposed” in literature however the concept still remains and is reinforced with the following:
Well, then, what happened to Jesus’ fleshly body? Did not the disciples find his tomb empty? They did, because God removed Jesus’ body. Why did God do this? It fulfilled what had been written in the Bible. (Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:31)
You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth. 1982, 1989 ed. p. 144
So let’s analyze this section:
Jesus would have to have two separate bodies. One to be displayed and the other body is to be inhabited. Most likely, the invisible body would be the spiritual one. The organization talks so much about Jehovah yet only Jesus is that is to be on display. Why is that? Has the organization contradicted the very words within the New World Translation?
I say this because a common thread for people involved with organizations similar to the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society deny of the visible bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.
What happened to Jesus’ body: Since the organization said that scripture is the authority, why do they plainly miss the following verses from John 2:19-21 (NWT) 19. Jesus replied to them: “Tear down this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 20. The Jews then said: “This temple was built in 46 years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21. But he was talking about the temple of his body.
One more verse and I’ll be done. This is a post resurrection account of Jesus recorded in Luke 24:37-39 (NWT)-But because they were terrified and frightened, they imagined that they were seeing a spirit. So he said to them: “Why are you troubled, and why have doubts come up in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; touch me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones just as you see that I have.”
Are you going to place down the Watchtower material and read the Bible? When you do, you too will be thankful for the simplicity that God has offered.