Today is Good Friday. When I was younger I was confused by this because what was so good about Jesus dying? Shouldn’t it be called Bad Friday? Over the years, I have grown in my understanding of the gospel, and how the bad news is what makes the good news truly good. The bad news of my sin necessitates the badness — the excruciating pain and suffering — of the cross, the cross that is my cross. But the story doesn’t end there. When all hope is lost, Jesus willingly takes my place. And in that Great Exchange, something so terrible becomes something wondrous, beautiful, and Good with a capital “G.”
One of my favorite parts from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe captures this in the way that only C.S. Lewis can:
…”though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backward.”
-Chapter 15, “Deeper Magic from Before the Dawn of Time”
I was moved by this video Passion City Church made for their Good Friday Service a few years back*. Thankful for the creative people who can communicate the power of the cross to make Death itself start working backward, and turn bad news into truly good news.
*They have several other Good Friday videos that are just as moving.
If you’ve been at Gracepoint for a little while, or for…many whiles, you know that at the top of Pastor Ed’s recommended reading list are books by C.S. Lewis. For example, Pastor Ed mentioned Miracles this past Sunday, and so I know several people have picked that up this week.
Maybe you’ve tried to tackle C.S. Lewis, but have been daunted by the jump from fiction like The Chronicles of Narnia, and allegory like The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce to some of the heavier hitters.
For all you (us) visual learners, I want to share a resource I found out about from my friend Sarah S. from Gracepoint Berkeley. There are 50 C.S. Lewis doodles on YouTube made by an account called…C.S. Lewis Doodles. These are super helpful in understanding the flow of his arguments, and giving visuals to hold on to in your mind. I’m looking forward to using these to help me in my personal study of his works. Thank you, Sarah!
Here are the two videos on “The Grand Miracle” from Miracles, just in time for Good Friday and Easter.
Do you have any cool reading resources to share?
It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Today we’ll continue our tour of book nooks in our Gracepoint DMV area. This treasure was hidden in the depths of my email archives, and I rue not ever having shared it with you all back in 2017 like I should have!
Bethany has an awesome book nook in her room. No joke, this was the first thing she set up when her family moved in to their home. (Almost brought tears to my eyes when I heard!)
Such a versatile space! You can read here…or practice your recorder. 🙂
Can accommodate a friend, too!
I asked her to share some words, and I promise, these are 100% her 4th grade self’s words. (She’s now in 5th grade.) I did not bribe her to convince you that reading is awesome. 🙂
I decided to make my book nook because I wanted a private place for me to be able to read and think about books. It is also a convenient place for me to sew and hang out with my friends. It was a bit hard for me to arrange the books and shelves, but after, it was totally worth it. I LOVE MY BOOKS!
Still not convinced? Here is a haiku she wrote about it:
Books are everywhere
My corner just for reading
A small library
Inspired? Share a reading haiku below!