Please, you claim to be the only Christians that are right, so tell me have you ever seen Jesus in the flesh, and if so what colour is he? —R.B.

Christians believe that Jesus, after his death and resurrection, ascended to heaven. There he sits at the right hand of God. (That is, he is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.) When he ascended the throne, he sent the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:30, 33). That is how he works in our lives today. We do not see him visually; we live by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

The apostle John had a vision of him in the Apocalypse (also called the Book of Revelation). You can find this in Revelation 1:14, but there is no skin color as such. Besides, Revelation is a book of symbols and pictures. It would be no more right to try to determine Jesus' "skin color" than to find out what kind of a lamb (or lion) he is—see chapter 5.

Apart from the apostles, very few people have ever seen Jesus or had a vision of him. And they knew him in the flesh, although he appeared to the apostle Paul several times. We do not need to see him to believe in him. "Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy" (1 Peter 1:8).

I am unsure what you mean by "You claim to be the only Christians that are right." I am not right. I make many mistakes. Most likely some of the things I believe to be true are incorrect. I have not arrived, but view myself as "on the way." Actually, I'm not sure there is any group that is 100% "right." (Do you know of one?)

And yet we do tend to "see" Jesus with a certain skin color. We may be conditioned to envision him as a member of race of the dominant culture. In my country, I emphasize that Jesus was not white—a member of the overclass or the establishment. After all, in his earthly body Jesus was a Southwest Asian—with dark skin—not a fair-skinned European!)

It may be difficult to move beyond the ways we're trained to view the physical attributes of Jesus. Despite the persistent and recurrent pressure from dominant culture throughout history to portray a European (or American) Jesus, it us my prayer that we place the primary importance on knowing who Jesus is—inviting him into our lives to allow his teachings to shape our beliefs.

I hope this response satisfies you, and that you will look more into who Jesus was. Please consider listening to my talk on Jesus. if you have more time, then consider following the series Christ Through the Ages.