Humanity Case Essay
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Humanity. Perhaps this is the only word that can explain the strange comings and goings of the man from Nazareth, called Jesus. “The Lost Tomb of Jesus,” aired March 3, on the Discovery Channel, an amazing piece of documentary. In the city of Jerusalem, in the midst of an apartment complex, was found a place of burial. Perhaps the burial place of, Mary Magdalene, her son Judah, and two brothers-in-law, Simon and James. Were these the relatives of Jesus the Christ, in the scheme of things the question seems to be irrelevant.
Although there is great emphasis placed on the Christ, the Messiah. Very few people seem interested at all in Jesus’ humanity. People are offended at the thought that Jesus may have deigned to have been with a woman, much less married to a whore. Yet this is the very story told in Hosea. God’s unquestioning love of even, maybe most especially, one who would be unfaithful. It seems to me of all of Jesus’ disciples, Mary is the one who ‘got it.’ Only an outcast could truly understand the message of Christ. To be offered kindness, when only suffering has come at the hands of man, is an indescribable miracle. How Mary must have loved this man, Jesus. The Divine, the Christ.
Jesus’ humanity is controversial. And I don’t know why. If Jesus was not fully human, how could God come to know what it is to be human? To struggle? To be defeated? To know unbridled joy? To be shortsighted as man is and yet still have the ability to hope. How God must love us for that! Yes, ‘all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.’ Who among us is not aware of their own shortcomings? Everyone I know. To be human is to be all to aware of what we are not. Was that the purpose of Jesus’ coming? To remind each of us of our all too familiar failures?
Many others are outraged that anyone should question the Divinity of Christ, as though questioning such a thing changes the very nature of God? Hardly. What question could man possibly ask that could be found to be offensive to God? Yet, this question of Divinity versus Humanity, people seem to struggle over. Christ is all or none. Even those who would say Jesus was both human and God, cannot admit that Jesus could have succumbed in his humanity to be human. And what a terrible misrepresentation. All throughout the Bible God is represented as part of humankind. Why would humanity be denied what most Christians’ believe to be God’s only Son. There is of course, great misrepresentation and misunderstanding about the chronology of the canon.
That Jesus’ divinity was not even declared until 300 years after his death. By whom? Why man of course? I wonder if God would be pleased with all that the ‘church’, not the body, has accomplished? Just recently, I visited a new church and although I liked the people. I was saddened when the pastor started talking about the ‘building’ fund. Is this what Christianity has been reduced to? Buildings? What of the starving? What of the homeless? What of the person who has not known the kindness of a human touch, due to illness or simple isolation? What of these? Does God not plague us to be in touch with his light, his life, his children?
The Lost Tomb of Jesus is a wonderful representation of the possibility that Jesus was all he said he was. A miracle. A blessing in disguise. Both human and Divine. Just like the rest of us. A bit of God rests in us all at the heart of God’s highest creation, mankind. Rejoice! Awake! God is among us! Living when we thought he was dead! Alleluia! Jesus is Alive!