One Majestic Maggot
by Joseph Franks
Man was created in the perfect image of God. He was the custom-made crown-jewel of God’s creation. He received a living soul and was able to walk and talk with His Maker. However, man sinned willfully, and immediately he became a follower of Satan. In God’s assessment, all his thoughts and desires became only wicked all the time. Instead of being God’s delight, man became detestable in God’s sight. The stench of his sin reached the nostrils of God and grossly offended him. Therefore, early in Genesis, God cleansed his planet and wiped out multitudes of repugnant sinners with his flood. Planet earth was a bit sweeter following God’s divine extermination.
As one travels through Scripture, one continues to see God’s appraisal of sinful humans. Those who sin and follow Satan, they are called worthless and nothing. Sinful rebels are fit only for the fire of hell. They are equated with filthy whores, white-washed tombs, crap pots, dirty menstrual rags and dung. Therefore, Bildad is theologically correct in his statements to Job in Chapter 25:
Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said: “Dominion and fear are with God; he makes peace in his high heaven. Is there any number to his armies? Upon whom does his light not arise? How then can man be in the right before God? How can he who is born of woman be pure? Behold, even the moon is not bright, and the stars are not pure in his eyes; how much less man, who is a maggot, and the son of man, who is a worm!”
From a Scriptural perspective, man is still created in the image of God. Whosoever unjustly takes a man’s life is guilty of a great transgression. But these same scriptures present man as a worm or maggot. He is that which is found infesting dead carcasses. When someone bites into a piece of infested meat and sees maggots wiggling about, it results in that one loosing his lunch. Similarly, when the Father reviews the grossness of humankind, it makes him want to spew them out of his mouth.
But then comes the Gospel:
For God so loved the maggot, that he gave his only Son, that whatever maggot might believe him, should not be exterminated, but have everlasting life. (Adaptation of John 3:16)
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit looked upon the infested planet and determined to glorify some of the maggots. In order for this to be accomplished, the Son left aside his divine privileges and took on the form of a maggot. In love he came to them; in love he dwelt among them, and they ate him alive. Like a young bully pins a live butterfly on a bulletin board, so Jesus Christ was pinned to a cross. There they watched him wiggle, writhe, and die. He could have tapped into the powers of the Godhead. He could have called down angels to assist him. He could have requested the fire of God to vanquish the devilish maggots. But he did not do so, for he loved them. He was determined to be treated like a maggot so that maggots might be treated as God’s sons and daughters. Therefore, he was despised and rejected. He was cursed. He became odious — one from whom the Father turned his face away. He was exterminated by the Father. Then following his death he was placed in the earth. His dwelling place was situated in the residence of worms. Such was the love of the Son for God’s maggots.
But then the Gospel continues. On the third day he rose from the earth. Forty days later he ascended to heaven, and he is the first of many maggots to be resurrected. In the end, those who find benefit from the substitutionary atonement of Christ, they too will receive resurrected bodies. They will enjoy glory with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is highly doubtful there will be worms and maggots in glory. However, those who remain in their sin, they will be treated like the worms or maggots that they are. They will be exterminated from this planet. Their final residence will be in the place where the worm never dies and the fire is never quenched.
Friends, are you bothered by my referring to you as a maggot? Were you somewhat offended by my referring to Jesus Christ as the one who became maggot-like for you. If so, this is because you think too highly of yourself, and too little of the stoop of humiliation undertaken by Christ. Despite modern psychology and many ministers, you are not naturally a delight in the eyes of God. His universe is better off without you. You should not be arrogant before God or your fellow man.
However, I want you to be proud maggots. Not proud of yourself, but proud of what Jesus Christ has done for you. He loved you enough to become a Majestic Maggot, that you might become a son or daughter of God. What wondrous love is this?