C. S. Lewis on the Resurrection

C9aJKoyVYAIXU5U

Advertisements

The worse thing is not the last

CekuFcpW8AEDAun

Turning tragedy into a parade

Empty tomb 7

Tragedy isn’t an easy thing to kill… Tragedy must be destroyed by someone willing to be swallowed by it, willing to be broken, torn out of the flesh, but able to return to it. Someone must be able to shatter the tragic from within and exit into comedy, able to rip a hole so wide that a train of souls, a parade, could follow after, banging drums and throwing candy as they strolled into the sun.

― N. D. Wilson
The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed
Wonder in God’s Spoken World

The magnificent defeat

Christ, victorious

He compelled their dark achievements to subserve His end, not theirs. They nailed Him to the tree, not knowing that by that very act they were bringing the world to His feet.

They gave Him a cross,
not guessing that
He would make it
a throne.

They flung Him outside the gates to die, not knowing that in that very moment they were lifting up all the gates of the universe, to let the King come in. They thought to root out His doctrines, not understanding that they were implanting imperishably in the hearts of men the very name they intended to destroy. They thought they had defeated God with His back to the wall, pinned and helpless and defeated: they did not know that it was God Himself who had tracked them down. He did not conquer in spite of the dark mystery of evil. He conquered through it.

James S. Stewart
(1896–1990)

Published in: on 06/24/2014 at 19:09  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , ,

Things are not as they seem

siege-of-xixia-300-dpi-resize

Imagine a city under siege. The enemy that surrounds they city will not let anyone or anything leave. Supplies are running low, and the citizens are fearful. But in the dark of the night, a spy sneaks through the enemy lines. He has rushed to the city to tell the people that in another place the main enemy force has been defeated; the leaders have already surrendered. The people do not need to be afraid. It is only a matter of time until the besieging troops receive the news and lay down their weapons.

siege-of-xixia-300-dpi-resize copy 2

Similarly, we may seem now to be surrounded by the forces of evil – disease, injustice, oppression, death.

But the enemy has actually
been defeated at Calvary.

Things are not the way they seem to be. It is only a matter of time until it becomes clear to all that the battle is really over.

–Richard J. Mouw
(emphasis added)

%d bloggers like this: