Not a Metaphor

Francis Schaeffer was said to have remarked that if you had been on Calvary the day Jesus was crucified and touched the cross, you would have got a splinter. His point was that the crucifixion truly happened—it was real, not a metaphor. It was a moment in history that took place according to God’s plan. The Last Supper is another way to engage with the physical reality of the cross. When we hold the bread and the cup of wine or juice in our hands, we are reminded that his flesh and blood were as real as these elements in our hands.