“Jesus Is A Worm And A Snake Too” Excerpt
Chapter 1 – Jesus the tola worm
The tola worm first appears in scripture in the book of Genesis during the lifetime of Judah. (Gen. 38:28) This worm was peculiar because of the unique preparation it made in order to give birth. The tola worm would permanently attach itself to a tree. The tola worm would secure itself to the tree with much commitment and permanence.
The strength of the attachment was such that no one was able to remove it from the tree without killing it.
The tola then deposited eggs beneath its carcass and protected them until the larvae matured.
As the larvae matured, the tola worm began to die and allow it’s young to eat of its body
until they were ready to depart.
Wow. Isn’t this what Jesus did for us? Isn’t this what Jesus was telling us one thousand years before he was born on earth? Was it not Jesus who allowed himself to be attached to a tree like the tola worm? Didn’t people try to get Jesus to come down from the cross but like the tola refused to oblige? Was it not Jesus who died in the process of giving birth to church just as the tola died in the process of giving birth to its young?
As mentioned, the tola worm also allowed it’s body to be eaten as nutrition for the survival of its young. Before his death Jesus instructed his followers to use his body for our benefit as well. He gave us wine to drink in remembrance of the blood that he shed and bread to commemorate his body which was broken for us.(Luke 22:19) Jesus gave us himself so that we could survive the valleys and mountains of life until he returns.
Jesus, like the prophetic tola worm, gave his body for us. After the carcass of the tola worm had served its purpose, it fell off or was harvested from the tree. Because the tola worm secreted blood as it died,
a scarlet spot was left on the tree. Amazingly, on the third day after staining the tree, the scarlet spot turned white.
This is exactly what Jesus did for us.
Though our sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow!
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
When Jesus was resurrected, he had completely paid the price for all of our sins.
Whoever accepts him as Savior will be saved regardless of past, present or future transgressions.
Christ has taken our sins as far away as the east is from the west.
Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west,
so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
In order to make the scarlet color for garments during the time of the Old Testament patriarchs, the tola worm was harvested from the trees. After harvesting, the tola worm was crushed and its blood used to dye white linen garments into a beautiful scarlet masterpiece. The only way to receive the benefits of the blood was through the crushing of the worm. Anyone in that era could enjoy the visual beauty of the garment and the joy of wearing the garments. Although many enjoyed the bloodstained garments, Very few appreciated the sacrifice that the tola worm made in order to bring about the reward of it all. Only the tola worm truly knew the great price that it paid in order to bring pleasure to all willing to enjoy it.
Likewise, through no work of my own, I have eternal life without condition.(Eph. 2:8) Even though I enjoy by faith the benefits of the grace of Christ, I haven’t fully appreciated the work that Jesus performed. My attitude is sometimes not reflective of his goodness. My words are sometimes tainted with ungratefulness. My ways often contradict his ways. Sadly, sometimes I take the beauty of the sacrifice of my Lord for granted. As I grow in Jesus, I appreciate more and more the sacrifice that he made for me and for you. With that said, only Jesus, the great Tola worm, truly knows the great price that he paid to bring joy, peace and love to an undeserving creature like me. Like the tola worm, Jesus shed his precious blood and paid a tremendous price as he hang on a tree. He was bled while being beaten. He was bled when his beard was pulled from his face. His bloodshed continued when he was placed on the whipping post. He even shed a combination of blood and water in the Garden of Gethsemane through his sweat glands because of the stress his work. Like the work of the tola, receiving the benefit of the blood of Christ is unparalleled. The joy of receiving eternal life simply by just believing on the work performed and the price paid by Jesus is overwhelming.
As mentioned, the tola worm died in the process of providing for its young. While still alive, the tola allowed it’s young to eat of its body. The painful process of being eaten alive allowed it’s young to maintain life. The sacrificial exchange of its own life for the life of its young is mind boggling. The tola died so that it’s young could live. Without the tola’s willingness to die, it’s young would have perished. Because of the tola’s determination to see its young live, it attached itself to the tree with resolve and permanence. The tola was determined to remain on the tree until its task was complete. Like the tola worm, Jesus bore unthinkable pain and suffering beyond that of any persecution known. Along with the pain, Jesus exchanged his life for our life. Jesus took on our sins, our shortcomings, our bad attitude, our lusts, our greed, our secrets and our perversions and then gave us his righteousness and his perfection by his grace alone. Just like the tola, Jesus attached himself to the tree with resolve and refused to come down from the tree until his work was complete. His determination to see us live cost him his life.
Isaiah 53:5 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
While literally being eaten alive, the tola worm’s blood oozed from its body leaving the tree as well as its offspring stained with its blood. Throughout the entirety of the offspring’s life, the blood stained banner remained on their body. They were washed forever in the blood of the tola worm. Like the offspring of the tola, believers in Christ are eternally washed in his blood. The staining power of this blood is so complete that it stains the believer forever. The blood will stand as eternal evidence that the believer was bought with a price.(1 Cor. 7:23) The blood is a reminder that it was Christ’s work and not our own that saves us.