The Overly Sanitized Savior

Posted: 16 July, 2008 in Ponderings
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The Overly Sanitized Savior, squishing meat

We have been a real blessed generation. A generation where almost everything we come into contact with are relentlessly sanitized and cleaned. We are also living in bloodless generation. For most of us, our poultry and meats comes in clean and beautifully wrapped plastics. Bloodless, furless, featherless, headless, featureless – you know what I mean, a clean pinky cut. There no sign of the bloody process, death, “violence” and “trauma” these animals had gone through.

No, I am not advocating a total vegetarian diet, God gave us meats for consumption after the fall of man. What we are actually being cut-off here is the understanding of the real faces of life and death, the real state of this fallen world. We are slowly disassociating the product from its true source. Let me explain, during Christmas, we are treated to a beautiful bright stable where Christ is born. Clean plastic models of various animals, clean processed straws, clean and kind look of Joseph an Mary. And finally of course, a nice manger with a blissful plastics baby doll depicting Christ.

Did we over sanitized yet again? Remember that these are farm animals not cute pets, there were droppings everywhere and even after the haste clean up, the smell must had still lingered. The manger must still reeked of animal saliva and feed. Joseph and Mary having travelled a long distance by foot must had be weary. Not a very pretty picture now, is it? How would Christ first felt in flesh and born into the world for the first time? The very first breath of air must not be very pleasant, I suppose.

At His death, Jesus went through a “violent death”. Not a quick one, but a slow inhumane 3 hours of torture and a grueling 6 hours on the cross. Some commented that the film “The Passion of the Christ” was too bloody and violent, see here. But is it because we are too sanitized even with our views and preceptions?

The Overly Sanitized Savior, The Passion of the Christ

The point here is to that we must know that our Lord did not come into a clean and sanitized world of unreal beauty to be our King. No, it was the real world that Christ came into, the same one that we are in, that we may not like very much. The place where there is no space for His birth and no acceptance at His death. In the harshness of the fallen world, He came vulnerable as a baby. He did not come as a sanitized Savior but a bloody one. We must not overly sanitized our Savior and His work because that will discount the true value of His very love for us and the sacrifices He has made. With the proper perspective, our adoration and worship will no longer be the same.

“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

John 17:13-19

  1. cornishevangelist says:

    Temptation. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13.

    The meaning of the word temptation in the English dictionary is that temptation is an enticement to do evil. Now, temptations can come to us in many ways, usually when we are at our lowest, when we are discouraged or downcast. Temptation can be evil thoughts of any kind; also they can come in the form of the symptoms of sickness to make us disbelieve that God can get us well again. We have all been there, yes, in unbelief, but we must not believe any other word other than what God has said in the Holy Scriptures.

    Do you remember how Jesus defeated satan in the wilderness, by speaking the Word of God? He said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Don’t forget Jesus was very weak and hungry; He was at His lowest, that is when satan comes to you saying, “it is hopeless, you are finished, it is all over.” My friend the devil is a liar. David the shepherd boy said, “God delivered me from the paw of the lion, and the paw of the bear, surely He will deliver me from this uncircumcised Philistine
    (Goliath).” Surely God will deliver you from your problem, so, shout it out,
    Jesus said, “Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you.”

    Now God has provided us a way out of all our problems, if it be temptations of wicked thoughts, or symptoms of some sickness, which the Bible says comes to all mankind, and that way is through faith in His Word, and what Christ has accomplished for us at Calvary.

    The Bible tells us that the great tempter is the devil. Do you remember how he deceived Eve in the garden? Eve said unto the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of tree’s of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it lest you die, and the serpent said unto the woman, “ Ye shall not surely die.” Genesis ch 3: 3, 4. By listening to the serpent instead of God, it brought sin and eventually death.

    So it is with temptation to do evil, the tempter will say, “it is only a small sin, every one else does it,” but the Bible says, “Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” we must resist all temptations to do evil. And it is the same with the symptoms of some devastating disease that comes upon you, it must be resisted. The devil will bring evil reports to you from the mouths of men, to get you to doubt God’s Word, so that he can kill, steal and destroy your life. Again I say he is a liar, the Bible says “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers us out of them all.” Psalm 34:19 “With long life will I satisfy him. and show him my salvation.” Psalm 91:16. B15

    He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed trusting in the Lord. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely. and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
    Psalm 112:7. Proverbs 1:33.


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