You know that I love movies, although that I don’t see as many as I used to. I like most genres of movies: sci-fi, fantasy, drama, horror, comedy, superhero, thriller, mystery, even some romantic comedies. One of the best movies I saw last year was “Crazy Rich Asians.” It was about a woman who travels to Singapore for her boyfriend’s best friend’s wedding. Once there she finds out his family is “crazy rich” and he is considered the most eligible bachelor in high societal circles.
In addition to being a good movie, it was ground breaking for being the most successful movie with an all Asian cast in at least 25 years. However, it wasn’t without controversy. Come complained that the cast wasn’t Asian enough. Henry Golding, who plays the male lead, is part Malaysian and part English. There were complaints and op-eds that it would be nice to see a “full Asian lead for once”
One author took exception with this. She related to this, having both Chinese and Italian heritage. She said part of the problem is that she refers to herself as half Chinese and half Italian. This is not uncommon language for people with mixed ethnic heritage. She suggested we reframe our language and our thinking. The author said that instead of “half” she will start using “both”. She isn’t half Chinese, half Italian, she is both Chinese and both Italian. This recognizes both without diminishing either one.
I think we fall into this same trap when thinking about Jesus. We know Jesus is human and God. However, we often act as if he is half God and half human. We attribute actions or sayings to his human side or his divine side. When we take this approach, we either diminish his divinity or his humanity. He is not 50-50, but 100% human and 100% divine. This is important. Because he is fully human he can relate to our temptations and weaknesses. Because he is divine, he is able to show us the true nature of God. Because of our sinfulness, humanity owe a debt to God. Unfortunately, it is so vast that humanity cannot pay it. Only God can pay it, but it is not God’s to pay. Because he is fully human, he is able to assume ownership of it. Because Christ is fully divine, he is able to pay the debt. Christ is BOTH human and BOTH divine and because of that, he is able to be our savior.
John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”