Tonight the teen group at church watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. We enjoyed the movie. We had all seen it before, so throughout we added commentary on this scene or that actor. We indulged in a lot of laughter. (In particular we conversed about Voldemort’s awkward hugging of Draco.)
At the end, I held a short devotion.
“When Harry chose to die, who did he die for?”
One of the teen shakes his head. “Oh, I know. He’s going to say Harry’s like Jesus.”
I smile. “You’re right. Harry is kinda like Jesus. There’s a verse in the Bible that says, ‘Greater love has no man than he who lays down his life for his friends.’ Who was Harry sacrificing himself for?”
“Well, Hermione. Ron. Neville.”
“Yeah. Was Harry thinking of sacrificing himself for Bellatrix?”
“What about Mudungus?”
“Who? Oh, him! No!”
“What about the Malfoys? Was he thinking of them when he chose to die?”
“And that’s why Jesus is better than Harry. Jesus laid down his life for his friends… and his enemies. He laid his life down for you. ‘Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has recognized you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.'” (Colossians 1:21-22)
It was fun making this concrete connection with the kids. We talked about how some chose to lay down their lives for their friends — soldiers, for instance. We should honor them. Absolutely. But we should remember: Jesus is better because he chose to lay down his life for those who hated him. He chose to lay his life down for us!