Is Disdain for Blood Sacrifice a Kind of Supercessionism?
My friend, Tony Jones, recently featured a guest post on his blog from someone who advocated altering the traditional serving words for the eucharist (The body of Christ broken for you. The blood of Christ shed for you.) to:
‘Christ is here, in your brokenness. Christ is here, bringing you to life.’
Or, ‘Christ broken, with us in our brokenness. Christ’s life, flowing through our lives.’
Such redactions just won’t do the heavy lifting if one is committed to taking seriously the language of scripture. While the traditional imagery of blood sacrifice may make some squeamish, Fleming Rutledge, in her new book The Crucifixion, insists it is ‘central to the story of salvation through Jesus Christ, and without this theme the Christian proclamation loses much of its power, becoming both theologically and ethically undernourished.’