Saturday, March 22, 2008


The following is an excerpt from Derek Tidball's 'The Message of the Cross' appropriate for Easter week. Enjoy!

Jeremiah Wright tells about a group of tourists who visit a London gallery and view a painting entitled 'Checkmate.' In it, Faust's king is held in checkmate by Mephistopheles. The group continue their tour of the gallery without noticing that they left one of their number behind. This man paces back and forth in front of the picture. Two corridors later the peace of the gallery is shattered as they hear their forgotten companion cry, 'It's a lie! It's a lie! The king has another move!' The masn was a Russian international chess champion and could see the move others had failed to notice. Wright comments, 'And the same thing is true when it comes to the King of kings. The King always has another move.'
That was certainly true when the King of kings died on the cross. His next move, his resurrection, vindicated him; and a further move will follow when one day he comes on the clouds of heaven so that all may see his final vindication.[1]

Our King has checkmated sin, death and Satan and won the game for all his people!

Happy Resurrection Day!

[1] Derek Tidball, “The Message of the Cross”, Inter-Varsity Press, 2001, p. 144

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