Sunday, December 16, 2018
Surprised by Joy Chapter 14
Before Lewis became a Christian, he did not really think it was possible to have an encounter with God. He had reasoned his way to theism but, as he reports in his autobiography, he believed he could not meet God personally any more than Hamlet could have met Shakespeare. When Lewis became a Christian, he realized his Hamlet-Shakespeare analogy was still a good one. In fact, Hamlet as a character in the play could never climb out of the play to meet the author. But, it might be possible for Shakespeare to write himself into the play and make sure Hamlet had the opportunity to meet him. Lewis says this analogy does express something like what happened at the Incarnation, when God the Son wrote himself into the play of human experience and made possible the introduction between the Creator and the created.
As good as this analogy is, it will still not convince some. One can imagine a situation in Elsinore, where things have been very strange of late. The king has died at the height of his strength. The crown falls to the dead king's brother. Furthermore, the queen spends no time in grief for her fallen husband but immediately marries her brother-in-law, the new king. Hamlet has been acting strange (though some say there is a method to his madness); and Ophelia is a basket case. Suddenly a little man with a pointy beard shows up in court wearing Elizabethan tights and a ring in his ear. Everyone asks, "Who are you, and how did you get past the guards so as to show up in the king's court?" He answers, "Oh, I am Shakespeare, your creator. You are all living in a play I have brought into existence. I know things have been difficult lately, but I can assure you, given a bit more time, all the wrongs will be redressed and set right." And hearing this, the whole court dismisses Shakespeare as a madman.
The Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father's one and only Son. - John 1:14
I am not sure where this is from. I found it in my DRAFTS folder from a few years ago. I am pretty sure I did not write it. If it looks familiar, please let me know. Thanks and Merry Christmas!
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