Platform Nine and Three Quarters
Hi again - Time to continue with the Harry Potter theme.
Previously we named “He who must not be named” as the law. This is potentially misleading because we have other enemies……and also because the law is not all bad – think of it like this – as you know we live at Privett Drive with Muggle carers, of the worst kind! The Dursley’s. Think of them as the law, keeping you in your closet and making your life miserable. But they are not all bad, Dumbledore left you with them for a reason and only for a period of time. They provided protection for you as you grew up……..but! A big and wonderful BUT! The message of the Owls has eventually led us to “Platform Nine and Three Quarters.
Have a read of this passage:
John 10 : 7-10 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
As we are all aware there is a magical entry by which to access the Hogwarts Express – a solid wall in between platforms 9 and 10. I am here to tell you that this wall is Jesus. Have a read in the passage above, He calls himself the gate by which we will come in and go out to pasture. Platform Nine and Three Quarters does exactly this, it leads us to pasture allright! Come on Hogwarts here we come!
Law is very natural for us, the new way of the Gospel just seems wrong. It is very similar to looking at the solid wall at Kings Cross Station and contemplating a run towards it. Even after hundreds of years of preaching the Gospel people still think that being good is a gate to the Kingdom of Heaven, the thought that we don’t have to do anything but run towards Jesus is absurd……but true. It may seem to go against the laws of this world…..that’s because it does. Jesus is “Platform Nine and Three Quarters”. Not only a gate to heaven but a gate to pasture – freedom from the familiar dank cupboard under the stairs.