Looking at the Cross through the lens of the Passover and the breaking of the table in C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, this sermon calls us to travel through this week as through the birth canal of our New Life. We are born into new life through the events of Holy Week, as God is revealed in Jesus to be a God we could not even hope for and a king unlike any king that has lived on earth, a God and King who gives himself in self-sacrifice for our salvation, our freedom to be not servants of a master but sons and daughters of God. The news is almost too good to believe.
*some further notes:
*God was not angry with the people set free, but rather that God was angry at the oppressors. God does get angry with sin and threatens the people. There are limits with God in the Bible, but the picture of the Passover is a God who is setting his people free.
*C.S. Lewis The Abolition of Man The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
*I listened to, and was influenced by, the Great Courses lectures of C.S. Lewis that I stole from M. Johnson.
*Paul does refer to Jesus' death as an "expiation" for our sins, but I think a larger reading of the New Testament and the Hebrews Scriptures demands that we see that in the context of Passover and Covenant rather than the buying off of God. Jesus as the preeminent sacrifice has to be understood (even in Hebrews) as a self-sacrifice, and if Jesus pays for our sins, he does so taking on the sins himself and willingly dying in our place to set us free, not because God is unable to love, but because God's love is self-sacrificing.
*God does rule us; but it is a rule of love and not merely law, like a parent or an ideal king, who understands boundary and law as acts of love.