I have not commented yet on this observation by Jason over on the General Discussion thread called “Can UR trump the Myth of Redemptive Violence?” but I think it deserves its own thread…
In his very moving post of Mar 29, 4:56 pm, Jason said this:
Now this is a new thought for me; that part of the symbolism of partaking in the Lords Supper (yes, my church has it’s own variant of this ritual celebration) is to actively and consciously eat of the bread in recognition of our volitional participation in the killing of Christ.
Christ, of course, was participating in the ritual celebration of the Passover. In this ritual the Jews remembered God’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt – yet Jesus was here adding even deeper symbolism to the deliverance from sin that was about to be accomplished in His death on the cross. And of course earlier He had asserted that He was the Bread of Life. Jesus as source and cause of Life is easily seen here; not just physical life (bread is the physical sustenance for our physical bodies) but the deeper Spiritual meanings too.
Except now Jason suggests to me that there is a deeper symbolism yet to the voluntary eating of the broken bread; it is a type of my own participation in the death of the Christ. But I recoil at this; I do not want to shoulder my share of that awesome burden. Yet this type insists I must – as recognition of the fact that, as a sinner, I too was there at the cross --killing God, as-it-were.
Thanks Jason, for new eyes through which to see this old ceremony.