Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Quite a few weeks back in Chips, I was asked to show my tattoo. Okay, after showing it I was asked about its meaning. Ahhh... I've always had a brief idea of what my tattoo meant, but I never really bothered to explain it thoroughly. So I gave a brief explanation of what it meant. The cross is because I'm a Christian, and its a reminder of the price Jesus paid. The dragon (in Revelation) is depicted as Satan, or a great evil. The dragon intertwined with the cross, its a very accurate depiction of me. I'm a person who's saved, but as an imperfect person, I do have evil in my flesh. Simple enough? I'd like to broach more on the topic.
The cross never began as a major symbol for Christianity until much later. The original symbol for Christianity was a fish. Known as the ICTHYS, and in greek ἰχθύς. It's an acronym for Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ. For those who don't know Greek, it means Jesus Christ, God's Son, Saviour. Icthys also happens to stand for fish, which makes it all the more significant. If you go to my navigation with my "profile" on it, I think you'll be able to understand what the first thing in Agape is. Anyhoo, the cross eventually became the symbol for Christianity after quite some time. Initially Christians didn't usee the cross as their symbol because crucifixion was a horrible and shameful death, which is to us, the equivalent of showing an electric chair to introduce people to their faith. In the 2nd century, it was widely accepted though, as the pain and suffering, as well as the shame experienced was a great indicator of just how much Jesus suffered for mankind. To imagine God Almighty dying in one of (if not the most) humanity's cruelest executions. It really shows the extent of Jesus' love.
So the cross has great significance for me, as it is a constant reminder of what my God had to go through to save me (and the world of course). Embarassment is my least favourite emotion, and having my soul saved because of embarassment is a huge irony. I've also inflicted pain unto myself many times before, and attempted suicide many times. More great ironies in the fact that pain and death were also part of my salvation. Therefore, the things I despise for myself were what God went through to save me. He experienced what I disliked (and so much more) for love. And for that, I love Him.
Even as I may be redempted, I'm still not perfect. Sin is evil, it is destructive. And as an imperfect person, therefore, there's still evil. I'm not saying I'm evil, but I am capable of evil (and so is everyone else). In the book of Revelation, Satan is depicted as a dragon, and as the epitome of evil, the dragon can therefore represent evil. Humans are complex, of that there is no doubt, so therefore there is a unique mix of good and evil in me, and even as I am redempted, evil is still intertwined with me. The dragon has been depicted in different cultures as wise, evil, and even good. Satan was Lucifer, one of the greatest angels (good). Traditionally he's known for being the angel in charge of worship, therefore knowing the heart of worship, and logically makes him wise. But he fell and became Satan, the adversary (evil). So the dragon in its universal depictions also shows different aspects of Satan, and thanks to him, mankind sinned, therefore it's because of him this evil exists in me.
Therefore, the beauty and scourge of having evil intertwined with a redempted person causes one to wonder. The power of sin is broken for those saved, but broken power doesn't mean it's gone. It's still there, just with no major foothold, lest you allow it. But the fact that we are still capable of sinning so easily sometimes goes to show that evil is truly intertwined with our cleansed souls. And so, my tattoo of the cross and dragon is a very accurate depiction of who I am, what I can do and a depiction of two very powerful beings in existence. One who caused evil, and the other who caused love.
Do you see the amount of thought and beauty there is in just one tattoo? Its significance is really mind-boggling when you really think through. I always had in mind the brief explanation I gave, but thinking deeper, I realized it goes so much deeper than that. The meaning of the tattoo was never intended to be so deep initially, but I've realized that God really gives meaning to every single thing, no matter how insignificant. So there... the meaning behind my tattoo, and why I got it.