Advent Devotional: The Great Reversal

One of my favorite books is CS Lewis wonderful story, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  He writes of a fictional country called Narnia, which is under the curse of the White Witch.  This villainous queen has placed a spell on Narnia so that it is “always winter and never Christmas.”  While she has control, the future of Narnia seems hopeless.

Yet word begins to leak out that “Aslan is on the move.” In the book, Aslan is a noble lion who serves as a Christ figure.  He is coming to set things aright. He is coming to rid Narnia of the White Witch and reverse the curse on the land.

One of the first signs of Aslan’s movement in this wintry scary land is that the snow begins to melt—“spring is in the air.”  As the sun’s rays warm the earth, it chases away the cold, promising the dawning of a brand new day. All of Narnia begins to change.

The birth of Jesus and His incarnation is the certain and absolute sign that “God is on the move.”  The coming of Jesus, over two thousand years ago, proclaimed that God has started the process of reversing the curse of sin and initiated the renewal of all things.  In Christ, God was making it clear that, in the words of C.S. Lewis, “winter began stirring backwards.”

Everything about the ministry of Jesus—His teaching, His miracles—and everything in between—were meant to show that things will not be as they once were.  The arrival of The Christ child was meant to show that God in the flesh was bringing the restoration of the way God intended things to be. He was set to reverse the curse of death, disease and discomfort.  It was, and still is, the Great Reversal.

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

You are loved!

Ken