The Princess Bride

Posted: October 16, 2012 by jperritt in Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
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Many years ago my father rented, The Princess Bride while on vacation and I thought, “That’s the last time I trust dad to rent a movie.” However, he proved ‘father knows best’ and The Princess Bride has remained a timeless classic I’ve enjoyed many times over.

Not too long ago, I was traveling with the senior high youth of Pear Orchard and I was struck by a line in the film as I watched it on our bus. Buttercup has been reunited with Westley, after she thought he was dead, and she says something to the effect of, “….I thought you were dead.” To which he replies, “Death can’t stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.” And I immediately thought, “That’s going into a blog post!”

Westley’s line is one for every Christian. Death can’t stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while. It was not sin that drove Christ to the cross, it was love. Yes Christ paid the penalty of our sin on the cross, but he didn’t have to. God would have been completely just and good if he allowed the entire human race to be condemned in the garden. We rebelled against God and ushered in every pain imaginable, and some beyond our imaginings.

However, God, in his love, provided a way to save us from our sin and reunite us to the father; the cross. But, it was the father’s love kept a holy God committed to a sinful bunch of people. Therefore, Christ hung on a cross in our place and died the death we deserved, but he also rose defeating death.

We know the work of true love has been accomplished, however, it is delayed for a while. Because of the finished work of Jesus Christ, every Christian who places their faith in Christ alone is just as justified now as they will be in heaven. But, we live in the state referred to as the already and the not yet. Christ has already inaugurated his Kingdom when he came to earth, but he has not yet fully consummated his Kingdom. Jesus is coming back and will return as the conquering King and completely reconcile his chosen people to himself.

In a sense, we are just like Buttercup. We have been separated from our long lost love. We get confused at times and have our affections pulled elsewhere, but our affections remain because a greater love has remained on us. Before time began, God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit made a plan to redeem a rebellious people like you and me. Even though the Son knew it would cost him his life, he said to the Father, “As you wish.” Now that’s love…twu wove.


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