But we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. – Romans 8:23 NIV
Recently my husband Dave and I watched the latest rendition of the movie, Beauty and the Beast, one of Disney’s all-time classics.
As the story goes, a selfish prince and the whole of his staff are enslaved by an enchantress to a spell that turns them into household objects and the prince himself into a repulsive beast. The only way the spell can be broken is by the beast learning to love and to win another with that love.
The movie depicts the castle staff desperately doing all they can to promote romance between their enchanted prince and Belle, the beautiful and adventurous village girl. At the story’s ending, the beast has seemingly been slain by a villain, all hopes dashed. Yet at Belle’s passionate “I love you,” things start to magically change. The beast and all the staff who have longed for this day are suddenly transformed into who they really were all along. There are shouts of joy, broad smiles, cartwheels, hugs... the curse is lifted!
As Christians, we in many ways can relate to this story. Under the curse of the Fall and sin in this age, we have been rescued from our sins by a true Hero, Jesus Christ. Yet, as long as we live in this fallen world, our “true identity” is disguised, and we appear no different from others around us.
But the rescue story is not finished. We are patiently and eagerly awaiting the day when He will come again and we will be joyfully and obviously transformed into who we truly are—sons and daughters of the King!
Stonecreek Community Church
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