Zelda and the God-Man


Apart from the obvious differences between the two, there some things to note to help us understand Jesus Christ better.

In the 2011 game The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, it is revealed that Zelda (not a princess in this game) is the incarnation of the goddess Hylia.  After a battle for the Triforce, Hylia sealed Demise and afterward gave up her divinity to be with the Chosen Hero (Link) when he needed help.  Hylia took upon humanity and that included human weakness to aid the various incarnations of Link in their quest for the Triforce and to save Hyrule from the forces of evil.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, “true God and true Man” (cf. Nicene Creed), took upon human flesh to redeem humanity from sin.  Unlike Zelda, Christ did not give up His divinity.  The hypostatic union assures us that the divinity and humanity of Our Lord were intimately and undividedly united into one Person at the Incarnation.  That being said, Jesus took upon all human weakness but sin: this means He too had the need to eat, sleep, go to the bathroom, cry, laugh, be happy and be angry.  The latter may three or four may not be weaknesses, since Jesus is just and all His anger must have been just, but they do reveal the humanness of Our Lord.

Throughout the year we see Jesus the Man, but perhaps now during Lent more than any other time, because during this time we call to mind the forty days Jesus spent in the desert, giving up food which is necessary for the human flesh, the pain He feels in the Garden of Gethsemane, being exposed to the cruelty of the Jewish authorities and Roman soldiers, and ultimately His human death on the cross.

Of course, we Trinitarian Christians know — or should — that God the Son and Incarnate Word took upon our human weakness to bring it to greatness.  This is the reconciliation we speak of.  We were created in the image of God and He seeks to reconcile us to Himself through the Incarnation, Passion, Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension.

Jesus as Scripture says, “though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped” and “emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave” (Philippians 2:6-7).  Jesus came to this Earth in the form of a servant, taking our human weakness, to reconcile us to the Father.  The goal is to bring us “to share in the divine nature” (cf. 1 Peter 1:4).  This is the purpose of the Incarnation.


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