Our last movie in which we’re beholding Christ for March Movie Madness is Epic. It’s another animated film, and it’s a good one. If you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend it. And if you haven’t seen it yet, feel free to read on; I’m not going to post any spoilers. 🙂
Many Leaves, One Tree
In the movie, the Leafmen have a motto: Many leaves, one tree. Many leaves, one tree. Many leaves. One tree.
Such a picture of our Lord. I love how they even take this to the end of the movie where…Oh, yeah, no spoilers. Well, it’s good. So good.
Saints, Christ is a person alive and well on the earth today. He is. He is. But He ascended, didn’t He? Yep. Then He sent the Helper, the Holy Spirit. The last Adam (Christ) became a life-giving spirit. Christ in y’all, the hope of glory, is the riches of the glory of God’s mystery. (I like that – Christ is the riches.) Christ the person became Christ the spirit to indwell Christ the people. One Christ, many people. One body, many members. He is a corporate person.
For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
– Paul, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
Do you see it? Can you see it? Many leaves, one Tree. Many members, one Christ. Many people, one Spirit. We share One Life. I don’t mean share as in pass along information to each other as in let me share a secret with you (which we do share in that way), I’m talking about participating in, enjoying, and receiving from One Life together, jointly. It’s not your life, and it’s not my life; it is Christ’s life. We participate in, enjoy, and receive from His life together. Together. Many leaves (you and me and our brothers and sisters), one Tree (Christ).
It’s one thing to get together and talk about Jesus. Anybody can do that. A lot of people do that. But then many of those people will go home and not see nor talk with anybody else till the next week. Then they’ll get together again and talk about Jesus some more. That’s like the many leaves getting together weekly to look like a tree and talk about a tree and even talk about being a tree, then blow away for the rest of the week till they come together again. To do some more talking.
It’s another thing to draw life from the same source. We were all made to drink of one Spirit. We’re not drinking from our own soul-life anymore. We drinking from one life. One Life. One Tree. Many leaves. The leaves, though many, draw their life (nourishment, sustenance, etc.) from the one tree. Each leaf looks different, each leaf functions differently, blows in the wind differently, turns color differently, but they all draw the same life from the same source: the one tree.
The Church is Christ alive on the earth today. Christ is now a corporate person. He was once a singular man. He is now a plural Man. He is a new humanity. A 3rd Race. A holy nation. A royal priesthood. He is many leaves, one Tree.
May we many leaves draw our life from one source together: Christ, the One Tree.