The most important thing, when you’re writing a story is to ensure that you frame it right.
By this, I mean that you make sure that you present your manuscript how it needs to be understood by your audience.
That there are no mistakes – what the readers read is what you want them to.
I was reflecting on this with it being Easter this week, because often, we don’t get the story quite right – do we?
A few years ago now I completed my Bachelor of Ministries at Laidlaw College. One of the subjects I was most passionate about (not to mention wrote my level 7 dissertation on) was salvation.
There are many kinds of ways that we can understand salvation, and these ways we understand it can influence our spiritual life and the way we perceive Christ.
My favorite – and I believe to be the most significant way of understanding salvation – is called Christus Victor.
Christ the Victory.
I suppose the reason I love it so much is because of being a writer.
It is essentially this: that there was this cosmic battle of good versus evil and that in the very crux of this war, God sent his son to ransom us from the kingdom of darkness.
It’s Epic. It marks the awesomeness of this overarching meta-narrative and story, these patterns (the silver paid for Joseph paralleling the silver paid for Jesus, the idea of going out into the world and extending Eden in the creation story put alongside Pentecost the harvest festival to go out and spread the ‘Good News’ to reestablish God on earth again.)
Christus Victor pays heed to this brilliant, bright, undeniable story.
This year I have had the privilege of being involved in an Easter Production. I got to write the ‘Sin Song’ which was an unresolved reflection of how sucky it must have felt to see Jesus hang and die on the cross and feel like the fight was over.
When I wrote one of the first drafts of this song it included the line ‘You were meant to be a savior, not a casualty.’ This – while being revolved from the final version – was my favorite line.
It looks at the story in full perspective. Jesus WAS not a casualty in this war, not at all. He is and was and forever will be the savior.
We need to frame the story right.
He is not still in the grave. It did not end in defeat. It did not end with death.
We must see Christ, forever, the Victor in all elements of our lives. Jesus was not a casualty in the Great Story – he was the finisher.
He beat it.
If you’re in Auckland though, check out the LIFE Easter Production – listen out for the song I was involved in – Is This All There Is – I can’t wait!