Who is a Perfect, Willing Sacrifice with Infinite Ability?

There are two kinds of sacrifice:

  • Imperfect
  • Perfect

There are two kinds of perfect sacrifices:

  • Unwilling (tragic)
  • Willing (redemptive)

For a sacrifice to cover our sins eternally, the sacrifice must be

  • Perfect (only good)
  • Willing
  • Infinite in ability, and therefore able to carry all of humanity’s sins

Where do I find a perfect, willing sacrifice, infinite in ability?

This is the heart of Christianity.

C.S. Lewis wrote a series of allegorical stories called The Chronicles of Narnia, and, in the first book he wrote, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, he paints a picture for us of what the sacrifice of Jesus Christ would look like in a different world (in an imperfect way, since C.S. Lewis was not perfect himself, as he would be the first to say).

C.S. Lewis believed that you often don’t see things when you are in them, but that if you step outside of them, you can see what you have actually been in[1].  He called this “looking at the beam [of light]” rather than “looking along the beam [of light]”[2].

Thus came The Chronicles of Narnia, a stepping outside of our world to see the earth-shattering effect of Christ’s redemption.  In the Narnia series, Christ is described as Aslan, the lion who rules the land of Narnia and beyond.

In the blog Why Do I Need a Perfect Sacrifice? Part 2 I referred to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and made this statement: “Aslan is perfectly good and Aslan is truly innocent, but he is put to death for crimes that a selfish, spoiled, ruthless boy commits.”

This is the first characteristic of Aslan: he is portrayed as perfect.  He does not sin: he does not choose evil, engage with evil, or enjoy it.

There is a second fundamental characteristic of Aslan that I did not discuss in that blog: He chooses to die for Edmund.  He is not like Boxer in Animal Farm in that he is tricked or forced into dying for Edmund.  Aslan comes to Narnia for the very purpose of dying.

He elects himself to pay for Edmund.  Aslan chooses himself for at least three reasons:

  • He is the only one who is perfect (that is, totally good).
  • He would rather suffer and die than allow anyone he loves go through this.  He is willing.
  • He is the only one who can break the stone table by his death.

This story has become a classic for many years not because it is an original idea, but because it is a reflection on an original idea that came from God Himself: God becoming man, coming down to save all who would place their sins on Him.

Redemption through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the core concept of Christianity.  This great redemption is what sets Christianity apart from all other worldviews and also what makes it incompatible with all other worldviews.

The true Christian is the person who places their hope and faith in Jesus Christ as the ultimate sacrifice and the ultimate redemption.  And they will follow Jesus.  (I know from personal experience, having been a person who thought you could be a Christian and not even follow Christ until Christ in His great grace one day opened my eyes.  And now I follow.)

Where do I find a perfect, willing sacrifice with infinite ability?

I find it in Jesus Christ my Lord and Master.

We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.  Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus. (Romans 3:22-26, NLT)

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[1] From The Narnia Code book by Michael Ward, 2010, Chapter Two “The Beam of Light”, in discussion of C.S. Lewis’ essay Meditation in a Toolshed.

[2] From The Narnia Code book by Michael Ward, 2010, Chapter Two “The Beam of Light”, page 17, in discussion of C.S. Lewis’ essay Meditation in a Toolshed.

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