It seems that when we think of Jesus, often, the person we think of is not 100% God and 100% man. Rather, the person we think of is 100% God and 100% robot. The picture we conjure is a fellow showing little, if any, emotion and sporting a serene, far-off expression (even while hanging on the cross). When he does show emotion (such as when clearing the temple), it has an artificial or prepackaged feel. We see a Jesus who is “consumed by zeal” but shows no passion.
With this Mecha-Jesus as our primary image of Christ, it is no wonder that we find it hard to relate to Him. This well-polished Jesus seems distant to us and our experiences. He seems to say, “I’m terribly sorry that you’re hurting, but I don’t have time for you right now because there’s a church potluck to plan. So, please, be a sport and suck it up.” If we try to relate to a Jesus with no emotion and who goes around handing out platitudes, we may as well be relating to a toaster.
Let us not forget also that Christ is our model who we are to imitate. If we see Christ as Mecha-Jesus, what are we trying to become, a jargon-spewing robot? Since our emotions are a deep-seeded part of who we are, following Mecha-Jesus’ example is out of our reach. What’s more, what hope do we have of attaining this goal? What help does our Mecha-Jesus offer? The fact is that he doesn’t offer any save to tell us to “try harder”.
Christ, on the other hand, asks God to send us the Holy Spirit to help us (John 14:15-17) and He and the Father come to live with us (John 14:23). As we can see, one of the key differences between Mecha-Jesus and Jesus is that Christ takes an active role in our lives and growth. He doesn’t stand far off waiting for us to catch up. He helps us each step of the way.