Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Resurrection Day!

I heard a wonderful gospel song on the radio yesterday.  I'm not really a southern gospel person, but all yesterday morning, I couldn't seem to change the station!  This song particularly gripped me with the idea behind it. "To pardon iniquity, He had to die. But to bring me the victory, He had to rise!"

First Corinthians chapter fifteen says, "If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins." (verse 17).

This reminds me of C. S. Lewis' allegory, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe."  Edmund had betrayed his family to the White Witch, and in so doing, he had also forfeited his own life. The only way he could be saved was if another--an innocent victim--would willingly take his place. Aslan, the lion king of Narnia, did just that, and was brutally killed by the White Witch in Edmund's stead. 

But even though Edmund was pardoned, the White Witch was still waging war against Edmund, his family, and the rest of the Narnians. Now that Aslan was gone, they had no hope of winning. It seemed that his death had been in vain. For although Edmund had been saved from execution, he would surely be killed or enslaved if the battle was lost. Just when some began to despair, Aslan was raised to life and came rushing in to save the day. He defeated the witch once and for all and reestablished his kingdom in Narnia. 

If Aslan hadn't come back to life, the Narnians would have been overpowered by the witch, and Edmund, though he had been forgiven of his trespass, would still have met with a terrible fate. 

Jesus' death, like Aslan's, was absolutely necessary to take the wrath and punishment we deserved and save us from eternal death. But if he had not been raised from the dead, the grave would still hold its power over us. Instead, we have the victory, and death has lost its sting! "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Cor. 15:55-57)

"To pardon iniquity, He had to die . . .
But to bring me the victory, He had to rise!"

I would encourage you to listen to this beautiful song as you celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and the victory that we have in Him.

HAPPY EASTER!

2 comments:

  1. Awesome post! I love Narnia and I know that Aslan taking Edmund's place is a parallel to Christ's death, but I had never thought about the battle in that way!! It really drove the point home for me! Can't wait to read your next blog! =D

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  2. love this very well done and said and great points with the in Chronicles of Narnia :)

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