Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Transcendental Interferer


Looking back on his pre-Christian hatred for the idea of being a Christian, C.S. Lewis once wrote this:

"No word in my vocabulary expressed deeper hatred than the word Interference.  But Christianity placed at the center what then seemed to me a Transcendental Interferer."

Lewis found Christianity's idea of complete surrender and obedience to Christ to be obnoxiously intolerable.  Why can't Jesus just mind his own business?  Lewis continued:  

"If its picture was true, then no sort of 'treaty with reality' could ever be possible.  There was no region even in the innermost depth of one's soul (nay, there least of all) which one could surround with a barbed wire fence and guard with a notice No Admittance.  And that was what I wanted; some area, however small, of which I could say to all other beings, 'This is my business and mine only.'"

Lewis wanted to belong to himself.  He wanted to be his own.

Funny... years later when he wrote his autobiography and came to the chapter that recounted the story of his conversion, he put an epigraph / inscription at the head of the chapter.  It simply read: "The one principle of Hell is -- 'I am my own.'"

The title of the conversion chapter is "Checkmate."

Why can't Jesus just mind his own business?  The truth is he is minding his own business.  By God's grace I am his business.  And so are you.  The Father sent the Son to interfere with the certainty of our sins leading to death, judgment, and hell.

Thanks to the Transcendental Interferer, all my sins have been paid for.  I'm completely forgiven.  I am not my own.  I belong to Christ.  Body and soul.

And indeed, this is my only comfort in life and in death.


Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 1:  What is your only comfort in life and in death?

That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.  He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.  He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.  Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.
Tomorrow morning at DPC we'll be speaking more about Heaven's Transcendental Interferer and what his interference means for us.

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