the fullness of humanity

October 10, 2005

I’ve spent a fair amount of time lately thinking about the life of Jesus. It has invigorated my faith to understand that Jesus did not only come to die for us, but that his life was a model to show us how to truly live as we were intended. However, something about this really clicked for me when I read the following quote from Stan Grenz in Theology for the Community of God: In confessing that Jesus is the Christ we are also declaring another dimension of the reality of Jesus of Nazareth. We are saying that in this historical life we find not only the true deity, but also essential humanity.

We are often willing to proclaim that Jesus contained the fullness of divinity, and rightfully so. On the other hand, I would argue that Jesus also contained the fullness of humanity. It is commonly implied that he was without sin because he was fully divine, and that because of his divinity he was able to overcome the sinful nature of his human side. I think that sells humanity short. His sinless life was also the result of the fact that he he truly lived as God intended. He was the complete and model human. His divinity did not compensate for his human nature, but rather, it complemented his humanity.

When we sin, we shouldn’t say, “I’m only human!” That precisely misses the point. When we sin, it is because humanity is broken. It is when we sin that we are truly the least human of all.

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