Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Faithful Nerd! Hopefully everyone is having a good week so far and is getting ready for Easter Sunday. I don’t know if it’s just me or is Easter on the later end of this month? It feels almost weird that Easter this year is pretty close to the beginning of summer—I can certainly say that as I’m already getting 80 degree weather days and what feels like copious amounts of rain! Besides that, let’s get down to today’s post: How a certain slime has shown very Christ-like characteristics that are certainly in tune with this upcoming holiday.
One of my FFXIV (Final Fantasy XIV) buddies decided to take me, The Faithful Nerd, and another one of our friends on yet another shenanigan-filled journey in the form of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, and we just wrapped up it’s first season with high commendations. It’s silly, beautifully animated, and it tickles all of my RPG bones with it’s obvious video game references. Once we got to Episode 14, I started noticing and seeing elements of redemption that hit a soft spot in my heart. The whole arc of the antagonist Geld and his fight with Rimuru really gave me a lump in my throat that I had to hide from my friends on voice chat. I didn’t cry, but I certainly connected with Geld more than I expected.
Geld was a leader under enormous pressure—his land and his people suffering from famine enough where babies being born weren’t lasting even two days. Desperate for a solution for the good of his nation, Geld wanders through the parched land in search of food. He encounters Demon Lord Gelmud when on the brink of starvation, and Gelmud entices him with food and lies—lies that sacrifice Geld’s comrades and his own mind. Geld admits to Rimuru he’s not wanting to die in order to save his people, and his death would only pass his mistakes to his men already just as desperate as their king; Rimuru, however, ensures that this will not be so.
“But rest easy. I’ll devour your sins along with you.”
Rimuru promises that he will take care of his people despite Geld’s mistakes and will shoulder his burdens by “eating his sins.” He honestly didn’t have to shoulder the responsibility of taking care of the rest of the Orcs, and yet he gracefully took it after defeating Geld. It’s not his job to help a people so weak and at the end of their ropes, yet he did with wishing his opponent eternal peace. What kind of person says that, saying their sins can be wiped away and even wishing peace upon the defeated? Is there something out there that can devour our sins clean and without a speck of blemish overlooked? There is—not in the form of a shape shifting slime, but in the form of a man that actually swallowed sin whole through His death.
Like Geld, we have sin that eats us inside out and drives us to starvation of the soul. As much as we try to sate that hunger with whatever we do and consume, it’s never enough and it never will be. We need someone who can sate that hunger for us so we don’t have to hopelessly fill that bottomless pit in us with things that only makes that pit even deeper—we need a Rimuru that can embrace us and swallow us whole with the ability to stop that hunger we’ve been born with, and our Rimuru is Jesus Himself. He did so by dying on the cross and taking that cup of wrath for you and for me. He embraced us and embraces us not with ectoplasmic substance, but “peace that transcends all understanding.”
We’re like Geld—a beast of burden starving for not only food at times, but also for completion and for truth. Sin causes us to go on a rampage wanting anything to sate its never ending hunger, but it only drives us to wanting more and more until we die from it eating us from the inside out. We would do anything to no longer be hungry at the cost of either ourselves and others, but we don’t have to go through great lengths and hurt ourselves and people we care about. As it says in John 6:35, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” Jesus didn’t say He’s just a temporary solution until we find something more filling—He clearly says that anyone that comes to Him shall never hunger or thirst by feeding our spirits and bringing an end to our famine from sin.
With it being so close to Easter, it was a great reminder as to why this day is so important for Christians like myself—to remember that sin big and small was defeated and devoured by His victory over it. He opened His mouth to consume it for us so that we don’t have to take it in and let it consume us. In Him, we find our resting place and no longer look to shallow things to feed our life, our ego, and our pain. He’s the only one that can feed us spiritually with the outpouring of His Spirit. All we have to do is rest and open our mouths like babes longing for milk. This is The Faithful Nerd, letting the one who devoured my sins swallow me whole and embrace me with His love, peace, and goodness.
But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”Matthew 4:4
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.Matthew 5:6
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”Revelation 7:16-17