July 27, 2005

Jesus Always in Control

If Jesus had the sort of superhuman command of the events leading to his death that John wants him to have -- then it wasn't a real death was it?

In death we lose the last pretence of controlling our lives. It is humiliation. Its is a stripping away of the last bits of who we are or try to be in this world.

By painting a Jesus with this much command John has given us a Jesus who is not human and who really could not have tasted death. The death becomes irrelevant in a way.

4 Comments:

At 9:09 p.m., Blogger crystal said...

Hi David.

I agree ... before I was a christian, I used to think of Jesus that way - 100 % divine and with the emotional affect of a sock puppet. Who could have a relationship with that kind of God?

 
At 11:42 a.m., Blogger Larry said...

David, you've defined death in a rather limited way. I've known dying people who consciously gave up nothing, but joyfully looked forward to the glorious beyond.

But my relationship with Christ is not based on a human or god like death, but rather on a very human life.

Crystal, Father Overberg's Incarnational theology seems to make the manner of Jesus' death less critical.

 
At 5:41 a.m., Blogger david said...

But my relationship with Christ is not based on a human or god like death, but rather on a very human life.


Thsi I guess was my point. This gospel tries so very hard to discern the God shining through the human life that the life starts to look a little less human to me.

 
At 1:58 p.m., Blogger Larry said...

"tries so very hard ...": exactly the reason I'm more comfortable with a low christology.

 

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