How Jesus Became God was a book written questioning the divinity of Christ. A clever response book, How God Became Jesus, was a response in the long line of responses from defenders of Christ’s divinity.
One of our earliest defenders of Christ’s divinity is Saint Athanasius, whom we celebrate today. Being exiled five times for his beliefs, he stood fast to the divine understanding of Jesus that we know today.
Christ himself paints an image of his own divinity in today’s gospel.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.”
The Father grows vines, yet there is only one true vine. The Father’s vine is Jesus Christ, and all other vines are false.
This language parallels the one Son of God. The Father’s Son is Jesus Christ.
What remains a mystery is how God became Jesus. How did he place his divinity inside a fetus, and grow to full knowledge of himself, within a human limitation? How did he struggle so painfully in the garden while knowing God’s will so clearly?
Today is a day to reflect on Jesus Christ’s divinity.
Why is it so important? Because if Christ is our God, then our God is Jesus. And this means God has a name. This means God has a face, like each one of our friends and family.
I often marvel at how great a message of love it is for God to become human. While the ranks of angels seem far holier then our broken, suffering souls, God chose to dwell with us.
But even more, God chooses to dwell in us.
Let us pray to see Jesus, the true vine, alive in all people.