Harry Potter meets Jesus Sermon Podcast 8 - Choosing between Horcruxes and King’s Cross Station

Series: Harry Potter meets Jesus

June 30, 2019
Langdon Palmer

In an attempt to try to live forever, some people do crazy things like having their bodies frozen in a cryogenic chamber in the hope of one day being brought back to life. Most of us are not that extreme, but are there ways we are attempting to live forever through our legacy ? If the unspoken truth is that we are terrified of death, this fear will distort the choices we make, it will rob us of the very life we are afraid of losing. When it comes to our lives, our legacy, our significance – do we try to set up shop on our own ? Do we try to create our own salvation, or do we trust in the God who is able to save us, who gives us our true meaning, who has the ability to resurrect us after death ? Today we look at how the characters of Tom Riddle and Harry Potter illustrate two very different life paths, and we turn to the scriptures to encounter he ultimate King’s Cross Station. It turns out we are standing there – right now.

Episode Notes

“We do not become free of evil through a program of self-improvement. It requires death and resurrection. The Bible says that we all have a sinful nature resident within us. As with Harry, we received this sin nature through the curse of the evil one in our world. That sinful nature could be likened to Harry’s having a little bit of Voldemort resident within him even though he wants to be good… Paul says in the Letter to the Galatians 2:20-21:

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lies in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Harry’s realization that the only way to destroy Voldemort was to die, and his willingness to do so, made it possible for him to live free of that evil influence…”
                             – Connie Neall in “The Gospel According to Harry Potter”

“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” – Jeremiah 2:13

Jesus said: “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” – John 4:12

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21

How things appeared on the surface to those who rejected the King:
“He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.'”  Matthew 27:42-43

What he actually did for all who receive him as King:
 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.  And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” – Colossians 2:13-15

“The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” – John 12:25-26     Christianity is not a religion; it is a personal relationship with God that begins when I trust Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of my life. I die to my rebellious self-sufficiency and trust Jesus to resurrect me. I then walk in his self-sacrificial ways, allowing his Spirit to work through me…

Musical Credit: John Williams “Leaving Hogwarts”  https://music.apple.com/us/album/leaving-hogwarts/89286124?i=89285919

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