Jesus: Humanity Incarnate
I had a conversation about war with a friend of mine. We discussed some pros and cons of two or more nations fighting each other (I was providing the cons, mostly) and loving your enemies came up in our conversation as it usually does whenever you talk about war and violence. I suggested that the best way to love your enemies can’t be killing them. I explained that Jesus showed us that true victory doesn’t come through military conquest or political power. Real victory comes through self sacrifice, the greatest example being Jesus himself on the cross dying to defeat his enemy, death (not least the image of John looking in expectation of a ferocious lion and seeing a sacrificial lamb coming to defeat Rome in Revelation 5). Jesus, I suggested, shows us that we must die for our enemies not kill them. At once my friend responded, “Well, Jesus was God.” As if to say that because Jesus was God, he could handle it and we can’t. So we’re off the hook, we don’t have to do that sort of work (whatever the work may be… may it be loving your enemies, loving homosexuals, loving porn stars, loving murderers, loving drunks, etc.) because Jesus is God?