Awesome! Thank you. I hadn’t considered the passage from Isaiah that way, and I like it.
10 So the Jews said to the man who was cured, "It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet."
11 But he answered them, "The man who healed me said to me, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk.’ "
12 They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk’?"
13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place.
I don’t think that it is indisputable to conclude from the passage that he was nondescript. I have always read it that the man didn’t know his name and couldn’t point him out since he was no longer there.
Maybe he, like myself, did not possess uncanny or even average powers of observation. In that case, it wouldn’t prove or disprove anything about Jesus’ appearance.
Maybe he was incredulous at Jesus’ command at first, and then so distracted by having been able to walk to the pool for the first time in 38 years that he didn’t even notice who it was, but when he turned back to see him he was gone already.
As far as Judas…it was the prearranged signal.
47 While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the Twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people.
48 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "The one I shall kiss is the man; seize him."
49 And he came up to Jesus at once and said, "Hail, Master!"And he kissed him.
From that it is not possible to conclude that Jesus was so average he could not have been distinguished by description, although it could be true. The prearranged signal could have been anything they agreed on, and not because of Jesus’ appearance. The kiss heightened the depth of the betrayal: Judas betrayed him with a greeting that meant friendship.
If he had pointed Jesus out, it likewise would not have meant he was remarkable in appearance. Or if Judas had described him to the Jews and he was identifiable by description. He still could have been as ordinary as it gets, or as ugly, or as beautiful. We are all describable in some fashion, even if it just, “the most ordinary, average, non-descript man…that will be him.”
I don’t think these arguments can sort out whether or not he was remarkable in appearance.