Sermon Bonus 1.8.17: Myth became Fact

Sunday, we talked about the coming of the magi and the baptism of Jesus.  In both passages, we see this distinct pattern in the language:  a movement from the particular and specific toward the mythical and poetic.  What starts out as mere history becomes wrapped up in mystery.

That’s what it is like to live this life.  We live these lives of fact and detail, yet we feel and experience these moments of something more than what a newspaper article could describe.  We find ourselves using the language of fairy tales.

And the staggering truth of Jesus is that he is the true fairy tale.  Jesus fulfills all righteousness because he fulfills everything it means to be human.  He lives in a body and experiences all the mundaneness we feel every day.  But he is also everything we’ve been waiting for—one untouched by sin, one with power over the grave.  Wherever Jesus goes, the sacred seems to break in around him.

C.S. Lewis talked about all of this in much more specific, philosophical detail in his essay, “Myth Became Fact.”  It’s an interesting and compelling defense of the life of faith.  But I’d like to excerpt just the last lines of the essay:

“For this is the marriage of heaven and earth: perfect myth and perfect fact: claiming not only our love and our obedience, but also our wonder and delight, addressed to the savage, the child, and the poet in each one of us no less than to the moralist, the scholar, and the philosopher.”

Lewis reiterates this truth: that Christ makes himself known not only to everyone but every part of everyone.

Remember that you are called to live that out in your own lives.  You are called to acknowledge and usher in those moments of sacred intrusion.  You help others make sense of those moments by pointing them to Christ:  the myth who became fact.