The following is part of an e-mail I sent to my dear friend Mike Dziabiak (pronounced in a way that makes absolutely no sense). He had asked me whether I believe in Jesus’ divinity, and I felt that my response was worth posting. If this interests you, feel free to check out a longer writing of mine in a similar vein, Why I Believe.
Yes, I believe in Jesus’ (Y’shua’s) divinity. It makes sense to me that God would become human, so that we could have a God that can relate to us. Of course, if God can do anything, God can already relate to us, but it’s much easier for humans to accept and understand that when he does become human. Jesus’ death is something I’ve never quite understood, but I understand that God sacrificing for us is something very special, when most religions only require us to sacrifice for him. Plus, if Jesus did indeed die to defeat sin, however those cosmic laws work, then I think that’s amazingly powerful. I think “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe” does a really good job of expressing that. If you haven’t seen that movie, you should. Aslan the lion offers himself to be killed instead of a human, because the deep magic demands a sacrifice (basically to Satan). But, as he explains, an even deeper magic says that if one without blame willingly lays down his life, the laws will be broken, and death will turn to life. I’m not saying that’s how it really works, but C.S. Lewis came up with a really cool fantasy-based parallel to the death and resurrection of Jesus.
In regards to Jesus becoming human, it also helps to have a human role model to live up to, instead of just a bunch of faceless proverbs and teachings. My favorite stories in the Bible are those involving Jesus himself. There’s so much power in his actions, and in his teachings. Jesus’ teachings are entirely about forgiveness and strength and love. There’s no demands of us. He just gives us a model for living the way we were meant to live. And it’s pretty obvious to me that we’ll be happiest if we follow that model. It’s just that human flaws, like pride or jealousy or greed, get in our way of knowing what’s truly best for us.