Symbols of Jesus

When I reflect about the major symbols of Jesus I think about the Holy Spirit, the Bread and Wine and the Cross that all have a powerful meaning in my own life.

 In Luke 3:22, The Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove.” The symbol of the Holy Spirit is represented by a dove. Water, fire and wind also feature as symbols of the Holy Spirit the latter two at Pentecost. I would maintain this is where Christianity originated and continues today. It is through the gifts and fruits of the Spirit that we are able to proclaim Jesus’ gospel message.

 Additionally, in John 6:35, Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” I would contend Jesus goes beyond the bread and wine it underpins what I do in my life. I believe when I receive the bread and wine at Eucharist, I am committing myself to sharing and building relationships with others and Christ. That is demonstrated in my desire to do God’s will and being a positive influence in everyone I encounter.

 Finally, in Matthew 6: 24 Jesus says to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” I believe in this instance it is sacrificing your own life to continue Jesus’ mission. The cross can also be seen as a symbol of forgiveness, suffering and hope. However, for me it is living my faith that may inspire others to take up Christ’s mission that gives my life a meaning and purpose.  Therefore, my cross is filled with the Holy Spirit and nourished by the bread and the wine this enables me to undertake it every day.

Asking for a Prediction

When the disciples asked what will be the sign of the coming of age, Jesus said,But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” Matthew 24:36

 There are numerous times over the years where I have been asked for a prediction be it the outcome of a sporting fixture or the ending of a television series. I often feel that predictions are fraught with danger and it never resembles the result I forecast. I would consider that for me knowing the future would change my whole dynamic about what I do in the present. Moreover, it is not something I would like to do.

 So, by knowing my future it takes the away the element of surprise. There are situations that have evolved in my life that I would never have thought would happen. Personally, I am glad I never knew.

 Contrastingly, there are circumstances that have arisen that I have found extremely difficult to deal with. Thus, I was happy that I didn’t know about them beforehand. I am of the belief if I had of known about the future, I would not have coped as well as I was able to when they did occur.

 Finally, why did the disciples want to know about the coming of age? Although, it might not be directed about the end times there is an argument they are still asking about future destruction of the temple. The point for me is why do we desire certain conclusions in the future.  My answer is regardless of predictions we always have to wait for the outcome.