Breaking the Curse - God's Love In Action!

Have you noticed a common thread that runs through virtually every classic fairy tale? Good versus evil. And evil always rears its ugly head in an attempt to have the upper hand, doesn't it? Often the evil brings with it a curse or a spell. And the good must find a way to break the curse...

Have you ever looked for parallels - analogies to our very real lives - in these good-vs-evil make-believe plot lines, especially where a curse is concerned?

Remember Snow White? An evil curse [or spell] was connected to the poisoned apple (see my earlier post, Once Upon a Time). 

Similarly, a sleeping spell was placed upon Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) that would go into effect with the prick of her finger on a spinning wheel. As with Snow White, only the good prince could break the spell with a touch of true love. 

And what about the evil spell cast over the land of Narnia by the White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe? A spell which could only be broken by the arrival and sacrifice of Aslan? 

Or what about the evil curse placed on the Beast (Beauty and the Beast), which could only be broken by true love? (And "who could ever learn to love a beast?" Except Belle, that is?!)

Do you see the parallels here, between fantasy land's spells and the very real curse placed upon us? Yes, you read that correctly - the curse of death brought about by our SIN. Imprisoned by the curse and enslaved by evil, a world lost in sin often doesn't even realize or recognize its bondage. Many of us come to think that our wayward, evil thoughts, words, and actions are just "normal" - it's just how we are. 

Or...often if we DO recognize the evil of sin for what it is, we may think that there is something we can or must do that will enable us to break free of this curse on our own. (Something akin to a fairy tales' antidote or counter-spell, if you will.) If we do everything just right; if we flawlessly follow all the rules; if we abide perfectly the entire law as spelled out in God's Word, then "presto", the curse is gone. But His Word says, "For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, 'Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.'" Galatians 3:10 

And no matter how much we might attempt to, none of us can obey or abide by the law perfectly! We have no hope without Christ, our Prince of peace, the only One who can come to the rescue. AND HE DOES! Christ alone, in His love, has broken the curse cast upon us by sin and our inability to "abide by...the Law". By faith, we are forgiven and made righteous; we are revived (even more fully than Snow White!). We are awakened to life (incomparably better than that of Sleeping Beauty!). We are freed and given new life (even grander than the new life of spring that came to Narnia!). We are transformed (like the Beast) from the monster we became under the curse.

"Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us..." Galatians 3:13  He died the death that should have been ours, taking on our curse as the only way to destroy it! He took on our sins - the punishment for our sins and the sins of the whole world - something only the sinless Son of God could do, and they were defeated and destroyed there at the cross. Jesus broke the real curse, once for all!

In every fairy tale story, love-in-action broke the curse or spell. God's love-in-action came at Christ's cross. "God demonstrates his own love [love-in-action!] for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)



3 comments:

  1. Dear Deb,
    The verse that gets me everytime is Paul's letter to the Romans chapter 5:8 "In while we were yet sinners!!" think about it, in yet while we cared less... In yet while we totally ignored His death as insignificant..... In while
    we yet were enemies of Christ He died for us!! Unbelievable. I know as He prayed the High Priestly prayer in the garden on Maunday Thursday, He could see every bit of humaniy. He could see us, born generations later and His love made it possible to be our Deliverer, our Prince Who woke us from the curse of death with the kiss of life!!! This is no tale this is God!!
    Loved this Deb!!
    Betty M

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  2. Beautiful reminder of the real fairy tale come true of God's amazing love for us in this cursed world. Thanks Deb Burma! It's almost like every story points to Christ.

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