Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 2 (Summer 2016) - Page 81

VOLUME 11, NUMBER 2 A JOURNAL FOR THE THEOLOGY OF CULTURE they don’t recognize him, until what moment? He stands up at the table. You have to understand, we’re Americans and we’re not scandalized by this passage. It’s an incredibly scandalous passage. Jesus has been invited into that home. He is a guest. That’s not his home. He stands up at the table, takes the bread, and says (a prayer or blessing in Hebrew) like we said earlier today. You would never do that as a guest in a home. Only the master of the house does that. Jesus is the guest who stands up at the table, breaks the bread, and in it they recognize, “Oh, my God,” literally. This is Jesus’s table and that’s him. Here’s the bread of the presence again. The incarnate God himself breaking it and saying this is the place of my presence. This is where I am with you. The broken bread, “I’m the one who is broken. I allowed my body, my life to be broken for you.” And the wine— it represents blood, right? In Scripture, we read that the life is in the blood because when it drains out you’re dead. When you have it and it’s good, you’re alive. Wine represents life. It represents joy. Wine is a healing thing in Scripture. Because of its alcohol content, you pour wine on cuts to heal it to kill bacteria. Here in the Lord’s Supper, the lifeblood of Jesus represented being poured out as a symbol of his death caused by our sin. Remember that Jesus turns water into wine at the wedding at Cana in Galilee? What was that water in? Stone pots that were for cleansing. I’m telling you, you may not have read John 2 this way, but this is how you should read it. The water of cleansing becomes the wine of the Eucharist. This is the blood of Christ in John’s theology. This is the wine of the Eucharist. Just as the water was there to cleanse us from our own brokenness and sin, so it becomes the blood of Christ to cleanse us from our sin by his sacrifice. John does this kind of thing all over the place. That being the case, why don’t we use Kit Kat bars and Diet Pepsi in the Eucharist? Why should we not do that? Man 6: Because Kit Kat bars and Diet Pepsi is not sustenance. BH: First of all, it isn’t sustenance. That’s very pragmatic. Because bread is meant to be sustenance, and these are not. What else? Woman 3: Wine and bread are things that are present in every single culture. It’s something that isn’t very specific to America. It’s been in every culture. BH: Yeah, Kit Kat bars and Diet Pepsi represent something very different than holistic human life. 78