“Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” So asked the Wicked Queen in the Disney movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. She was narcissistic and paranoid. A really bad combination of vices.
I remember watching that for the first time as a child. I had the same reaction that Kip did when Napoleon Dynamite said that Uncle Rico’s home video “was pretty much the worst video ever made.” Talking through his nose and without even moving his moth, Kip replied, “Napoleon, like anyone can even know that.” I think I laughed the hardest at that line than I did at any other point in that movie.
I think Kip is right. When somebody makes a statement with a superlative in it, how can anyone really know that what they’re saying is factually true? I mean, I have my opinions on who the cutest baby girl in the world is right now, but you might disagree. And who’s to say who’s right? I know some comedians who are funny, but I can’t pontificate that one of them is the funniest and then say, “That settles that!” And don’t get me started on who the best quarterback of all time is!
The problem of objectivity didn’t stop the Sons of Korah from using superlatives. They had no problem declaring the king as “the most handsome of the sons of men” (Psalm 45:2). How could anyone know that? Well, the 45th Psalm is a Messianic Psalm, meaning it finds it’s direct fulfillment in Christ. The author of Hebrews uses this passage to prove his deity. Evidently if you were to line everybody up beside Jesus, you would find that he indeed is “the most handsome” in all the land.
The mirror on the wall could have an opinion, as well as Napoleon Dynamite. To say “fairest” or “worst” about anybody or anything is mere human preference. But this is not so with Christ. All positive superlatives find their true fulfillment in him.