I have many Chinese friends and often speak at a Christchurch Chinese church. Christianity is thriving in China; estimates are that there are some 80 million Christians in China despite severe persecution, imprisonment, State control, torture and death. (The State recognizes 14 million officially registered Christians, but estimates there are 70 million more in ‘underground home churches’).
Cultures always interpret Jesus through their cultural lens. Jesus is actually a real person, an historic first century Jew, initially, now much more. There was nothing physically distinguishing about him at the time, which is why Judas kissed him, to indicate to the Temple mob come to arrest him in the garden, which Galilean he was. Art can often reflect different aspects of Christ, so I like this ”Crucifixion” by Chinese artist Hi Qi. The work is based on Matt. 25:34-36 after visits to a very poor mountain area of Southwest China. (Hat tip Kissing Fish).
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me,I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’