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So, what did you think of Christian symbolism and themes in the finale? Christians have long recognized elements of faith in the series as a whole (there are quite a few books on the subject). References to other religions were also woven through the show (reinforced by the stained glass window in the sacristy where Jack spoke to his father, Christian, in the final ten minutes of the show). But as a Christian, I took mental notes on the Christian themes running through the final episode. Some of my favorites?
The “Holy Communion” ceremony to pass on guardianship of the Island. We saw “Mother” offer a cup of flowing water to Jacob; Jacob offered a cup in the same ceremony to Jack; and finally, Jack took part in the same ritual with Hurley (the vessels differed, but the water flowed from the same source). In each instance, the “officiant” said, “Now you are like me.” It made me ponder how I identify with Jesus when I partake in communion each Sunday, recalling His words, “Take, eat, this is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
Forgiveness and Reconciliation. The episode is rich in demonstrations of forgiveness, even though most are not articulated. Among them: Jack and Sawyer discard their mutual dislike and work together in a way they’ve never before demonstrated on the show; Claire accepts Kate’s support raising Aaron through she has blamed Kate for taking Aaron away; and Jack forgives his father. The most poignant scene of forgiveness is when Locke forgives Ben for murdering him, a beautiful scene which brought on a fresh round of tears. Ben’s confession was heartbreaking and all too-familiar to me as I recalled the times I’ve spent on my knees admitting my jealousy, anger, and outrage.
(Side note: I thought it was interesting that while Ben received forgiveness and was invited inside the church not once but twice, he chose to stay outside. Whether or not this is the point, it made me think that we all are offered forgiveness and invited “inside,” yet many people choose to reject the offer. Is Ben symbolic of those who reject Jesus, or will Ben eventually come to terms with his sins and make his way inside? Hmm.)
Community of Believers. I thought it was interesting that life’s biggest questions were best dealt with in the context of community. That point was introduced in the beginning of the series (“live together or die alone,” and the Drive Shaft song, “We All Everybody”). The characters grapple with large themes together, they struggle together, and they even go to heaven together. The Bible tells us that we make up the Body of Christ. We use our gifts to serve others and glorify Jesus, the Head of our Body. God Himself is a community of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity, One God. He values community, and it’s interesting that the show emphasized it, too.
(Other side note: I loved that “heaven” – or eternity or whatever it was – was shown as being outside the constraints of time. No matter when the characters died, whether it was shortly after the plane crash like Boone or “long after” Jack died, like those who escaped on the plane, they all meet to enter eternity at the same time. We are to left to guess that Claire, Kate and Sawyer would not die for some time, and Hurley and Ben acknowledge their work on the island, which didn’t start until after Jack’s death. Nevertheless, they all meet up to “move on” together. Who was missing from the church scene who you thought might be there? I looked for Richard and Miles. Baby Aaron was there, but not Baby Charlie or Sun and Jin’s baby, whose name I will surely misspell.)
Lastly, many would argue against Jack as a Jesus figure, though he did heal the lame and sometimes had a surgeon’s God-Complex! I did think it was interesting that Jack offered himself as a sacrifice to save those he loved. He was stabbed in the side, too. He also had a "garden scene" before he went to vanquish evil. This may be stretching it, but the “certain death” of The Source didn’t kill Jack, either. Not exactly a Resurrection scene but interesting, nevertheless.
What did the finale of LOST leave you with? Food for thought, closure, and/or a heap of unanswered questions? I have oodles of those. What happened to our friends on the plane after they left the island? How did Desmond get home? (Ah Desmond, one of my favorite characters. I envision him having a long and happy life with Penny.) All my Dharma questions will remain mysteries, as will the things I never “got” about Charles Widmore. Ah well.
So tell me, what did you think about the finale? I’d love to dish with you!