I’ve been thinking about Tolkien’s work again recently. In the Bible, particularly the Old Testament, the Israelites get chance after chance to do things right and live God’s way,only to mess things up again, just when you’re sure they’ll get it right this time. They go astray and get into a mess by turning from God’s ways and trusting in themselves. That’s a lot like me really, and (dare I say) you. All of us. Except in The Children of Hurin, Tolkien’s main characters tend to have some sort of hope, some sort of rescue, some sort of redemption – even blundering hobbits and stubborn dwarves.
The Rescue Plan
We need rescuing too – from ourselves. As it says in Isaiah chapter 53 verses 4-6:
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
This was written more than 700 years before Jesus Christ died. It’s about him, telling us that he died on the cross to be the rescuer we need – bearing our burdens and the punishment we deserve for when he have gone against God’s ways. He is such a great rescuer that he can bring us peace, and healing, even in the hardest and darkest of times. And he is alive today! Do you know him? The power of the cross is even better than Gandalf’s magic, and no matter how far you may have wandered, he is calling you today! Come home.