Did Jesus Have a Tattoo on His Thigh in Revelation 19:16?
I never considered this question until recently when a "Christian" used Revelation 19:16 as a pre-text for justification to get a tattoo. The lengths that some professing Christians will go to justify their sinful activities. He claimed that he wanted a constant reminder of what God had done for him so he got a tattoo of Jesus on the cross. God gave us a reminder of what Jesus has done for us, its called the Bible.
For this "Christian" to claim that Jesus had a tattoo completely blew me away because I had never heard such an absurd statement in my 30+ years of being a Christian. I had to search this topic on the Internet just to see if people actually believed this tripe. I am still shaking my head in disbelief at the total ignorance of such a wrongheaded belief.
Let me quote this scripture in context:
"And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords," Revelation 19:13-16.
Jesus was a Jew bound by the Mosiac law and having a tattoo would have violated the law which He came to live perfectly. Jesus fulfilled the Mosaic Law (Matthew 5:17-20) when He walked this earth and a tattoo would have been in direct violation of Leviticus 19:28, "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord."
In context, Revelation 19:13-16 describes Jesus returning to earth as a victorious King coming to claim what is rightfully His. In that time period it was customary for kings to have their names placed on their garments and/or their swords. How did warriors of old carry their swords? Well, they carried it in a scabbard that was connected to their waist. If a king had a sword/scabbard with his name on it hanging from his belt that name would be directly over his thigh.
So the verse "And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords" could be describing the name on Jesus' sword/scabbard hanging directly over His thigh. This verse could also describe His name written on the part of the robe that covered His thigh.
Whatever the case, Jesus does not have a tattoo on His leg. To argue otherwise is the height of foolishness. The only marks on Jesus' body are the scars from the crucifiction and all of the torture that when along with it.
"Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, 'We have seen the Lord.' So he said to them, 'Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.' And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, 'Peace to you!' Then He said to Thomas, 'Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.' And Thomas answered and said to Him, 'My Lord and my God!' Jesus said to him, 'Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed,'” John 20:24-29.
I wrote an article on whether a Christian should ever get a tattoo and you can read it: Here.
"You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD."
"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s,"
1 Corinthians 6:19-20