In 2014, one of the greatest characters to grace the silver screen appeared. Some described him as a bloated replica of Ghostbusters’ StayPuff Marshmallow man, while others described him as a squishy version of Ironman.
Either way, Baymax burst onto the consciousness of children’s minds with incredible speed. Here was a character very different than any other superhero on record: no violence, no judgement, no speed.
Baymax, in the movie Big Hero 6, is a robot designed for the purpose of being a Personal Healthcare Companion whose sole intent is to bring about health and healing, both physical and emotional. As the movie progresses, the pain of young boy, Hiro, makes him attempt to transform Baymax into a violent fighting machine.
Baymax, in some ways, is quite a good representation of the way the scriptures speak about Jesus, the Son of God, who was given to the earth to bring health and healing – a companion to all generations. In his own heart, there never was a sense of violence, malice or condemnation, but only a hope to heal a broken world. It is only in humanity’s own brokenness that we attempt to transform Jesus into a violent, judgemental robot who bends to our wishes and punishes those who disagree with us, or who are different from us.
But the nature of Christ is unchanged. Even as we move through this world from hurt to hurt, it is Jesus, the Son of God, who walks along side of us, who heals our brokenness distorted by our own breaking of relationships and gives us new life in community.
Notice in the book of Mark, the first acts of Jesus are proclaiming the good news that the Kingdom of God has finally arrived, and healing those who are ill.
As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. Mark 1:29-34
Like Baymax from the movie, Jesus scanned the situation, noticed the woman’s distress, and helped her up. Then, in return, she began to wait on them, presumably with joy.
So it is that Jesus scans the situation of the world and where invited into homes, he scans the distress and extends a hand to help us. Not always is this healing physical or immediate, but there is a healing of relationship that goes beyond our own senses.
God bless you this week, and I hope you encounter Jesus as your spiritual companion.