Hologram Geordi Laforge: Something’s severed the ODN conduit between here and the antimatter storage deck.
Counselor Troi: Geordi, could you repair the ODN conduit if you went into the crawlspace?
Hologram Lt. Worf: Sir, that crawlway is in a warp-plasma shaft. He would never survive the radiation.
Counselor Troi: I know that. Geordi, could you repair the conduit?
Hologram Geordi Laforge: Yeah, I think I could.
Counselor Troi: Then do it. That’s an order.
oh, that abominable advantage of the Enemy’s!
CS Lewis The Screwtape Letters #1
If there is one thing that everyone can relate to is having to do something that’s necessary but you really would rather not.
How many times have you not wanted to get out of bed to go to work or school? How often have you done chores from laundry to dishes to mowing the lawn to taking out the trash that you don’t really want to do?
There are more serious examples, you don’t go to the doctor to check out that pain or cough because you’re afraid of what might go wrong? You have something unpleasant to tell your wife, kids or parents that you would rather not but you know if something isn’t done.
Then there are dirty jobs or jobs that take one away from home. Trash collectors, oil riggers, people who work in sewers, long haul trucking. One might enjoy the financial rewards but these jobs involve a lot of time and effort
And then there are the things that are dangerous. Miners and fishermen put themselves at risk in their jobs Things that put you at risk that have to be done for the greater good. Soldiers, Police, Firemen routinely enter dangerous situations for the greater good.
The necessity of doing things unpleasant, distasteful or even dangerous is a most human thing.
And that takes us to the Garden of Gethsemane
He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.”
It’s one of the most moving moments in Scripture and in the movie Passion of the Christ it is illustrated with great effect:
It is also an incredible illustration of the fully human yet fully divine nature of Christ.
His divine nature means he knows what that he will suffer personally a price his human self will have to pay
So he does an act that’s fully human, he pleads with the Father for a way to get around this.
But while he is fully human he is also fully God, the God of justice and mercy. His justice demands that the price for sin must be paid yet in mercy & love he knows billions of people that he loves will, if they wish, be reconciled to him, but only if he pays that price.
Furthermore consider this line from CS Lewis’ book Miracles:
“To Him all physical events and all human acts are present in an eternal Now”
If that is the case that he KNOWS that every single bit of torture, from the single strike across the face at his trial, to his scourging to his hours on the cross is something he will perpetually perceive even unto to the end of time and beyond.
It’s a price greater than we can even imagine and that’s where his human nature comes into play one last time.
Christ’s fully human nature gives him free will, the freedom to decide: “Shall I do this horrible thing that I will suffer and perceive for all eternity for the love of the father and of humanity or shall I not?”
There are many aspects of Christ’s life in scripture that are used to illustrate Christ’s humanity. We hear about Christ’s sadness at Lazarus’ death, his anger at the temple, his hunger during the 40 days of fast and even his cursing of the fig tree that had no fruit for him.
But I’d like to think most human moment of Christ’s life is when he looks at this thing that’s completely necessary for the greater good that he doesn’t want to do, that he’s horrified to do and does it anyway because it needs to be done.
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