Originally scheduled for September 23
We are told that by his death Christ has
destroyed the devil, Satan. It’s a little bit hard to see how that
works for the scientific mind. But there’s a parallel that we can
draw from an old fairytale which might explain it.
The fairytale in question is Sleeping Beauty.
You will recall how the evil fairy cursed the lovely princess with
death. Take your mind back to the Garden of Eden; does this sound
familiar? Indeed, the response of the humans involved is very
similar to what we do about sin ourselves. We’re going to round up
all the spinning wheels and make sure there is no occasion for this
death to enter. This is a good idea — except for the fact that it
doesn’t work. Despite our very best efforts, sin keeps coming back
and death with it. But there’s a good fairy in this story also. She
transmutes the sentence of death to one of sleep for 100 years.
The evil fairy could’ve let the whole thing go
at this point. Because she didn’t she was defeated at the point
where the good fairy transmuted death to sleep. It meant that the
evil fairy could not keep her prey forever. That’s just like Satan;
he can’t keep us forever either. She held on to the bitter end;
surrounding the princess with thorns and eventually going into
combat as a dragon against the prince who came to rescue her. The
parallel is complete: Christ has taken on death for us and
transmuted it to sleep. The sleep ends when he comes again — just
like Sleeping Beauty’s prince.
As you partake this morning, please remember
what Christ has done for us:
Remember the sacrifice he has made
for us. He came from heaven and was found to be man like us, so that
he might die like us to save us from our sins.
Remember the power that God showed
when he raised Christ from the dead. No one else is able to do this.
Remember the promise of resurrection.
Just as Christ was raised from the dead, so will those be who
believe in him.
The body and blood of Christ are before you in
communion. Someday we shall see him face-to-face.