October 12

Jack taught English literature at Oxford and spent many evenings walking in the gardens of Magdalene College.  It was one evening while walking in these gardens with his friend John that Jack discovered a door to another world.  His door made its way into his writings as a wardrobe through which his characters would enter Narnia, a kind of medieval version of Paradise.  Jack, or C.S. Lewis as we know him today, went on to become one of the great apologists for the Christian faith in the 20th century.  He wrote of death in this way, “If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a ‘wandering to find home,’ why should we not look forward to the arrival?”

How would you write about that time when you will take your last breath and the moment right after?  Will you look forward to it?  Or will it be a terrifying moment for you?  Would you want to be able to face your death unafraid?

Jesus enables us to do that.  He moves us from a Friday and Saturday of death and disillusionment to a Sunday of victory.  Your way to victory is through a door.  And, that is door is Jesus.  Jesus said of himself, “I am the door; whoever enters through me will be saved.  He will come in and go out, and find pasture” (John 10:9).  All of the Easter stories give us this assurance!

-Pastor Jane