Was Jesus black?
Question: Was Jesus' skin color black or dark? What did he look like?
Answer: My quick answer is that I cannot be certain whether our Savior was black or not. This is because the Bible gives us almost NO physical description of Jesus. Our Savior, the God who became a man, was a Jew and a member of the tribe of Judah. He was a descendant of David, King of Israel, who was described by the prophet Samuel as not being dark skinned but looking "ruddy," meaning red or reddish color.
Note also that this ancestor of Jesus had "bright eyes, and good-looking," although having beautiful ancestors is certainly no guarantee of how a person looks. Although he doesn't mention him being any particular skin color like black, Isaiah does give us a general description of his physical appearance.
One formerly well-known religious author and preacher (who is now dead) wrote concerning what he thought our Savior likely looked like. He believed he was of average height for his time. Additionally, because of Jesus' hard work of helping his physical father in the carpentry business, he was likely thinner rather than fat and had the kind of muscles conditioned by hours of pushing, tugging, moving, pulling and other activities required of his occupation. In short, he looked like any other person born of the tribe of Judah who lived in Palestine during the first century A.D.