My day today started with a resounding thud and went downhill from there. No, I’m not going to subject you to an itemised list of disasters, nor a lengthy rant! I’m sitting here in my car in the sun and reflecting on just how much sweeter the day has become!
Bright things that happened today have been all the sweeter for the sour with which they are contrasted. The beautiful warm and sunny bus duty sweeter after the cold rainy one last week. Visits from grateful students and kids stopping me in the hall to tell me they miss me sweeter because of those who were rude in class.
Sure, my day would have easier without the sour moments, but it would have been nondescript, even boring. I remember when I was pregnant and not feeling well the. Books all suggested a bland diet. This didn’t work for me. I was totally uninterested in eating bland food, and so I didn’t. In the end I went back to my moderatly spicy diet and dealt with any stomach upset may come along.
Without the sour taste of guilt and fear at the cross, the resurection would just be a typical morning wakeup. I don’t think there is really any place for bland in faith. Bland can be the reason people drift away from churches and beliefs which were once vibrant. It doesn’t mean we need to break our the fireworks or anything. It isn’t about creating spectacle, but rather in watching for the sunrise out of our dark moments.
When the main character dies in a book, you know the series has come to an end! The same can be said for TV series, when the main character is on death’s door we know that he or she will pull through, after-all how would a show named House, for instance, continue if the character House were to die or move away?
I’m reading Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol right now and, (spoiler alert!) was assuming that Robert Langdon who was about to drown would, as per the rules, escape at just the last moment, but…he died! I immediately assumed that this will be the last book with this character. Later his character continued in the story in the form of a disembodied mind and I have reason to suspect that it may later turn out that his body will reenter the scene. Why are they not following the rules? Where did this idea of being dead and then showing up later alive come from?
Obviously, the greatest example of death not being final is the Good News of Jesus, who was dead and in the grave for three days, and then was alive again! Through the sacrifice and resurrection Jesus put an end to the power of death over those who believed in him. There are other resurrections in the Bible; Lazarus was in the grave, but came back to life, the widow’s son was being carried out-of-town for burial and then was alive, the centurion’s little girl died and the mourners were wailing and then Jesus woke her and told her mother to feed her.
In the show Dallas, JR died and was absent from the series for a whole season, but it turned out that it was all a dream. The final book of the Harry Potter series involves the death of Harry, but it turns out not to be permanent. Are these all examples of the art of imitation, or imitation in art? I don’t think you can really consider JR to have been a Christ figure, well you might but I don’t. I do believe the parallel has been suggested with Harry Potter who throughout the whole series fought Lord Voldmort the force of evil and then it ends up that they have to both die in order to end the issue before one of them could be alive.
What is important, of course, is that you and I don’t need to fear death of our earthly bodies. If we believe in God and accept Jesus as our Saviour we will not die, but have eternal life.
Blessings to you all,
There is a new TV show on this year called Breakout Kings. The premise of this show is that a small group of inmates are given temporary leave from prison in order to put their unique skills into finding and catching escaped prisoners. Yesterday at our communion service our minister spoke on the theme of breaking out and even as he was doing the children’s story I was sneaking out my note pad and writing down, “Jesus: The Real Breakout King.”
As people have stated for ages, there are two things that are inevitable; death and taxes. From the day we are born, we are moving towards our death. A chalenge with helping children to understand death is letting them know that it is permanent, the goldfish, other pet, or loved one will not be coming back. We all know this. That is why it was so amazing when Jesus was able to call a young man being carried to his grave, a young girl who had died, and finally Lazarus who had been in the tomb four days back from death. This was amazing enough but Jesus actually broke out of his own death. He was dead, he was layed out in the tomb and sealed in, and he broke out on his own!
Jesus is truly the breakout king, and through his resurrection we not only see his power over death for himself but for us as well! Through his death for our sins, we are forgiven, we have not yet died physical death, but we are already living our eternal life.
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