… and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.—Colossians 1:20
In C.S. Lewis majestic story, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, there’s a scene that has always struck me particularly powerfully when thinking about the death of Aslan, the lion who is a type of Jesus. It says, “When a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead … Death itself would start working backwards.”
I have some strange sense that Lewis draws from Colossians 1:20 for his inspiration. In this passage we see that when Christ died His blood set forth a reconciliation into the earth and heavens that couldn’t be undone. We see that the peace which comes from the “blood of the Cross” is, in fact, a backwards death.
We understand that death is the disunity of life, the disembodiment of spirit, soul, and body, the anti-life, the de-creative activity that returns all things to the original formless and void in Genesis 1. However, all biblical understandings of peace have to do with order, life, fullness, wholeness, and completeness. So peace is backwards death.
Peace is the harmony of all life coming together in heaven and earth and being in full agreement. The death of Christ, which appeared to be a loss of all creation, in fact was the reversal of death and the release of life back to its original intent: paradise.
In Advent, we are challenged to remember that Christ will reverse all things until they are ordered His way, and death will go backwards until it has nowhere else to go.