Bread and Wine
On this day nearly two-thousand years ago, nothing would ever be the same. To say that Christ changed the world would be an understatement. Christ changed all of reality. He did the impossible when He defeated death. And today, we refer to Him as the man of sorrows. He came into this world, but His own would not receive Him. The king of kings would come as a humble carpenter, and find himself mocked as He hung on a cross.
I wish to use this article to explain where I come as an individual. Each person’s testimony is like a snowflake: Unique and beautiful, yet one of many. When I was in high school, I was amazed at black holes. Why? Because black holes defy reality. It was stated that nothing could be faster than the speed of light. It was stated that in our finite world, nothing could be infinite. Then, we learned about black holes. We learned of the fact that all things — including light — cannot escape the gravity of a black hole. Something else to consider is at the center of a black hole is infinite. Why do I mention this? Because our knowledge of black holes changed all the knowledge that we hold as a human race. It changed all logic. Similarly, Christ came into this world to shock and awe all of creation. The way He was born, the way He lived, and the way He died. It was such a statement of what Christ did that changed all reasoning and logic.
My explanation of black holes is just one subject I wanted to bring up. The other regarding Jack London. Also while I was in high school, I read almost all of Jack London’s books. I was amazed at his books about the wild and survival. His books were written in such a way that entertained my mind. But if you read in-between the lines of his work, you’ll notice a message that London emphasizes to his audience. This message is known as Social Darwinism. In other words, London wanted to show how this world worked. That the weak and frail would be eaten by the strong and powerful. Those who lived in poverty were simply puppets of the rich. Jesus talked about Social Darwinism in John 6:53–56, 60.
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him… Many therefore of His disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?
In this bit of scripture, Jesus is obviously talking about Social Darwinism. The fact that He would suffer, all while we would gain the benefit of His suffering. It is also important to note in verse sixty that the people in His day did not understand what Jesus was talking about. They were blind, thinking that Jesus was literally asking them to eat His flesh. Obviously, this was not true. Jesus taught this lesson figuratively. But this is a lesson we can use today. It is today on Easter that we celebrate His triumph on death. So let us take note. In this world, we will have tribulation. But be of good cheer, Jesus has overcome the world.
God bless on this Easter night.