“Jesus is ‘at once’ God and human.”
-Cyril of Alexandria
Have you ever taken a step back to really think about this? What does this tell us about God?
God chose to inhabit a human being. God chose to experience life on this earth in a human body. God experienced humanity.
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As children we rely on our parents to love us. Our parents take care of us. We play with our friends and or siblings. We attend school. We do household chores. We grow up and mature. We experience loss when loved ones die.
As adults we work to earn a living. Our basic needs must be met for food, clothing and shelter. If we have a family, we take care of our children. We work with our partner to raise and teach our children. We are a family unit. We eat together as a family. We vacation. We fill our weekends with fun activities.
We socialize with our friends. We barbecue with our friends. We bowl or go to the movies with our friends. We vacation with friends. Our friends are an important part of our lives.
We have hobbies. There are things we enjoy. We might like to read, exercise or take walks. We might like to paint, build or fix things.
We age. We endure hardships. Life can sometimes be very difficult. We become ill. We battle health issues. As we age, we rely on the assistance of friends and family members. We die.
God experienced humanity and all its joys and struggles. Jesus experienced the same life we experience. He was born as a baby, raised and taken care of by his parents, played as a child, learned how to become a young man and matured as an adult. Jesus suffered. Jesus died on the cross. Jesus was resurrected.
God became human so humanity could see God within. The two are linked together. You cannot separate the two. You cannot tell where one begins and the other ends. Yes, Jesus was at once God and human!
We too have the spark of the divine within our humanity. Our humanity and inner divinity are linked together. The two must work together. Our humanity flourishes when we let our inner divinity shine.
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