Monday, October 15, 2007

The Eucharist. The Real Deal. Part 9

In the Gospel's of Matthew, Mark and Luke depicts Christ instituting the Eucharist. "Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, 'Take, eat; this is my body.' And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying 'Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins'". (Mt 26:26-28) It is also in Mk 14:22 and Lk 22:17. . There are some who say that Jesus is speaking in a metaphor. The bread represents him, and eating the bread is symbolic of believing in him.
Well... That's nice.... But wrong!! Look at the language that Jesus uses. "This is my body" This is not the language of symbolism. If Jesus were being symbolic he would have said something like "I am this bread". This language here is like when Jesus talked about being a door, and a vine.
Now lets just pretend Jesus was understood by the disciples as being symbolic at the Last Supper. How would Jesus of spoke so that others would understand he was not being symbolic? "And Jesus said, 'This is my body' One of the disciples said, 'No that's bread.' Jesus took the bread and said, 'This really really really is my body. This is not a joke. I'm going to die soon. So get it through those thick skulls, This really really really really really really really really really really really is my body'". The disciples didn't understand how the bread was his body. But that does not mean they didn't accept and believe it was his body. Literally.
Look at the Holy Trinity. We believe in the Holy Trinity. Three Persons in one Nature. As Christians we don't fully understand the Holy Trinity, but our lack of understanding doesn't cause it not to be true. Our lack of understanding shows us that we have to have faith. Faith that God can do things that we find hard to understand. We need faith because some of Gods teachings are hard and we don't want to listen to them. "Many of his disciples, when they heard it, said 'This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?'" (Jn 6:60)
Talk at ya Later

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