DayBreaks for 9/24/15: The Fairy Tale Gospel
From the DayBreaks archive, 2005:
My grandchildren love to watch animated movies. Of course, they’re very young, but I think that my granddaughter can almost quote the dialogue from Shrek or Shrek II as she watches the movies. She also is a HUGE fan right now of Cinderella. Just as my grandson is all boy, my granddaughter (about to turn 3) is all girl. She has a Cinderella dress, crown, see-through shoes and a wand – just like Cinderella. And when she’s dressed up as Cinderella, she walks around like a true princess, holding her head up, cradling the wand in the crook of her arm, and surveying all around her as a princess should.
Every culture, every where in the world throughout history has come up with fairly tales. It’s not unique to Hans Christian Anderson or America or England. Why is this the case? I think it’s because we like to believe that good wins out over the evil that battles with it, that love will come true, that wooden puppets with long noses can become real little boys and that we can all be rescued from the drudgery and captivity that characterizes our lives. And so, we love our fairy tales. They transport us to a make-believe place where impossible things can, and do, happen – with regularity.
But, alas, as we know, those things are fairy tales. They’re not real. Never has a wooden puppet become a real boy. And the woman or man who longs for true love may not find it. Such things are beyond our ability to control. And wishes can’t make it happen. So we shake ourselves back to reality, forget about fairy tales and move on with daily life.
Let me tell you a story: Once upon a time, a God became human. The Divine Spirit became a real boy and lived and breathed and walked among mankind. While he could have been bitter and resentful at the way people treated him, his heart was full of love, and his words were full of life. When he saw the sick, he healed them. When he saw the blind, he gave them sight. All those who lived in the land of darkness saw a great light, and when he encountered dead boys and girls – he gave them life. He rides a white horse, wins the battle and the war, and rescues all peoples from the castles where they have been sleeping the sleep of death.
It sounds too good to be true. Must be a fairy tale, right? No. It is nothing short of the good news of God that Jesus came to deliver to us. That there is a God who loves us enough to do all those things – and far more – so we can live with Him forever. Fairy tales aren’t true. The gospel is. Dream your wildest dream and it will never be big enough to encompass all God has done for us!
Psalm 31:21 – Praise be to the LORD, for he showed his wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city.
PRAYER: For things that sound to good to be true – but which are! – we thank You, God! Thank You for the Great News! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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