25 April 2015
The Trojan Corpse
Greetings Dear Reader,
I enjoy the show Vikings and this is an official SPOILER ALERT. This week’s episode included Hrothgar, the Viking king feigning his own death and requesting a Christian burial. He did this to get inside the city of Paris and conquer it.
We all know the story of the Trojan horse. We also know that the death of an enemy disarms us. Once we think we have won we relax. This deception by Hrothgar is brilliant. Only his son knew what he was doing, Even his closest friends and his family thought he was deceased.
Yes there is a connection here for me to the crucifixion. I realize that we are a few weeks past Resurrection Sunday. Still I wonder if we consider the impact that Christ’s death had on his enemies. The priests would have been relieved. The Roman’s seemed indifferent. The real enemy, Satan must have believed he had won.
The difference is that Jesus had died. He was really absent from the body. After all he had a thief to attend to (“today you will be with me in paradise.”). He had souls to lead home. He had a busy three days to work through.
We tend to skip over the dead body part of the resurrection. On Friday we are in such a hurry to get to Sunday that we forget the importance of that corpse. Joseph respected it. The priests fear that it will be stolen. Guards are placed around the sealed tomb. The threat of death is used to guard the dead.
The dead body was necessary. It is necessary as a focus point for the resurrection. It is the evidence that God has accepted the payment for my sin and that the way to redemption is open. It is the hinge on which that door swings. They tore God apart and put him in a grave.
He really died but it was misdirection on God’s part. He wanted the attention on death whilst he made a way to live. Jesus is doing what he always does: turning death into a fighting chance to live. The Trojan Corpse became the Way of Life. On this hope I expect to sing out into eternity Dear Reader.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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