Here is a scene from Indiana Jones The Last Crusade that depicts perfectly the human dilemma in how we perceive Jesus. It is the scene in which Indiana encounters the Knight of St.John whose task it was to guard the Holy Grail. It is believed that those who drink from the Holy Grail will be granted immortality in the here and now.
In order to make sense of this post, it’s important you watch the entirety of this clip from the movie. Do be aware that there’s lots of spoilers, so if you have not seen the movie, you may want to hold off reading this article until you have viewed it.
As you’ve noticed, not far behind Indiana are the bad guys who have evil intentions with the grail. They face quite a problem in their search for the true grail as laid out before them are an array of chalices. Which one is it as there’s so many to choose from? The bad guy ends up choosing poorly. Pulling Christ down to his human way of thinking, he assumed the Lord would have lived a life of luxury quite like himself and so picked the chalice of gold. Whoops, He assumed wrong.
In the world today, we have many of “Jesus” to choose from. Everybody has carved for themselves what Jesus was as a person. Could the real Jesus please stand up? We are not alone as the apostles often pulled Jesus down to their human way of thinking. One that jumps out at me is that they thought Jesus was going to solve the political crisis and deliver them from the Romans. They thought Jesus was going to be this King David and come in swinging a sword to assert his power. Instead, he came riding on a donkey. He was not of this world and its human way of thinking at all.
This movie scene proves the scripture quote about the soul being full of darkness.
“The lamp of the body is the eye. It follows that if your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light. ·But if your eye is diseased, your whole body will be all darkness. If then, the light inside you is darkness, what darkness that will be!Matthew:6:22-23
A darkened intellect that is ignorant of truths about who Jesus really is, cannot tell the difference. They are unable to find Christs true Church. As they stumble about in the darkness of their ignorance, they end up bumping into false versions of Jesus conjured up by Christian sects. If it isn’t them it’s the modern revisionist historians on the Nat Geo channel who claim Jesus was not celibate or that he had a wife etc. The amount of fake news and theology about Christ that is available today is nothing short of astounding.
In the movie when the bad guy drank from the cup he thought was the Holy Grail, it led to his death. It is no different when we allow ourselves to be sold a false Jesus. We drink from the cup of ignorance only to discover it leads to the death of ones soul in the end. We never find Jesus because the darkness within us prevents us from allowing the light to penetrate our understanding.
Indiana Jones, was not so stupid. Out of all the golden chalices available, he chooses that one cup that stood out from the rest. It was a small humble, and unassuming carpenters cup made of wood. That is what Jesus is, he is that small voice that nobody hears because they’re so convinced Jesus is something else. Jesus becomes an image of who they are.
In some peoples search for God in my circle of friends, I notice they always listen to the mainstream preachers, theologians and historians. They’re always picturing Jesus as someone who would totally agree with their modern philosophies and social doctrines like gay marriage and abortion. This is what happened the bad guy in the movie, he pulled Jesus down to his human way of thinking and paid the ultimate price for it.
If we want to find Jesus and drink from the well of living water, we must ask for the Grace to discriminate between good and evil. With this grace behind us, we will be rendered capable of knowing how to choose wisely the cup of Christ that leads to eternal life.