From: Norman Kostuck
As we all know, ancient Judean law forbade the sketching, sculpture, painting, etc., of the likeness of another person, what the early Bible referred to as “graven images.” No where in the 165,000 verses of Holy Scripture in the New Testament can we find even a remote description of Jesus. Perhaps because it was written by devout God-inspired Jews who respected and obeyed their religious views and dictates. However, no such restrictions applied to their Roman rulers. The following is a word picture describing Jesus of Nazareth by the prefect (governor) of Judea, Samaria, and Idumea, Pontius Pilate, as taken from his written memoirs:
As might be expected of a man who has spent most of his life outdoors, the face of Jesus was deeply tanned. He was a very impressive figure of a man. He was personally attractive, had a handsome face, and lordly appearance and demeanor. He seemed to be sustained by an unshakable faith in Himself. He was taller than His two guards, and looked stronger than they, although He was fairly slender. His eyes were as blue as the sky, very clear, and steady. As He stared at me, it seemed as though He were looking into and right through me. “All at once I was overcome by the eerie feeling that it was I who was on trial before Him.” - Pontius Pilate. He had brown hair and He wore it groomed with oil and comb. His hair was long, shoulder length, and was parted in the middle. And as was typical of most Jews of His era, He had an untrimmed beard.
Notes: Julius Caesar, Socrates, and Jesus all died for proposing to alter an existing order of things. “Great leaders of men often qualify for assassination by posing a threat to the privileged classes in a society.” Pontius Pilate governed over Judea for ten years, charged by a superior with murder, escorted to Rome and tried before Caesar, and exiled. After his wife died, he wrote his memoirs. This took place approximately thirty years after the crucifixion of Christ. One incident in his career that he states he could never get out of his mind.