Jesus’ Character Sheet
Posted by Brian Armitage
I love my RPGs, my video games, my novels, my movies. I love a good adventure. And apparently, so does God.
Jesus was born into a poor family, in an unstable country with a burdensome, restrictive religion. He lived a life that made Him a household name 2,000 years later. That’s incredible. But the most incredible part is that Jesus was born at all.
God allowed Himself to be born as a child. Fully God, fully human. A level 0 character. That is absolutely insane. The burdensome religion He was born into was a caricature of what He had handed down from Heaven. The broken world He was born into was a fractured version of what He had created.
There is no indication in the Bible that Jesus was some sort of superbaby. There is no mention of Him feeding or changing Himself, or speaking early, or even being particularly quiet, as in “Away in a Manger.” It says He was a baby. And it says that as He grew up, “He was filled with wisdom and the grace of God was on Him.” (Luke 2:40)
Jesus rolled a starting character and leveled up like anyone else. He played through the whole adventure.
He robbed us of the illusion that God is far off, and doesn’t understand what life on Earth is really like. Know what’s extra crazy? He knew before coming to Earth. But by coming in person, He made sure we knew.
It’s really important to recognize that Jesus was fully God and fully human. There are so many implications that I could hardly list them here if I tried. But here’s one of the most important:
For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
He lived a life like any of ours, with an important exception: He never sinned. He was tempted, just like we are, but He never gave in. Never failed a Will save.
Turns out that makes quite a difference, especially as we approach Easter. As the passage above says, Jesus lived a perfect life in order to cover over our brokenness.
At Christmas, we celebrated that God came to Earth for us. On Easter, we’ll celebrate what He did for us.
About Brian ArmitageStruggling to live like Jesus, celebrating mild successes.
Posted on February 27, 2012, in Christianity, Gaming, Geekery, God and tagged atonement, beliefs, Christianity, Church, cross, D&D, Dungeons and Dragons, Jesus, Lent, roleplaying, The Bible. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.