AI | AD: The Narrative
In Greek Mythology, the legend of Icarus is one of a man imprisoned in a tall tower with his father. This man, Icarus, sought to escape his imprisonment with the help of his father and the legend tells us that they made a suit out of candle wax and bird feathers that would allow Icarus to fly out of the tower and bring him to safety. One the project was completed, Icarus was set to take off. But before Icarus took flight, his father warned him to not fly too close to the Sun, but instead to take his chance at freedom and to quickly fly to safety. Icarus took to the air, free as a bird and mocked man and gods alike as he soared in freedom. He ignored his father’s warning and decided to defiently fly into the sun towards the heavens. Icarus proudly flew as close to the Sun as he could. Wanting to reach the level of the Gods, he became lost in his pride and failed to realize the higher he went, the more the sun would melt the base in his candle wax suit. We all have heard the phrase, “Pride comes before the fall”, and for Icarus this phrase became a reality, as his arrogance led to him falling to his death.
Icarus fell because of his pride, as did Satan, and as do I because there is sin in me. However, as a Christian, when I refer to the fall, I usually am not referring to Icarus. I usually am referring to Adam falling into Sin with Eve in the Garden when they ate the Forbidden fruit despite the explicit instructions of the Heavenly Father to avoid doing so. There is a beautiful parallel to this in the story of Icarus whose father explicitly told him that he should not fly too close the sun, for he would die. Icarus did die in the narrative just as the Human Race was made dead in their sin. The difference between the narratives is that Jesus came to redeem us after our fall. Through one man, Adam, sin entered into the world and through one man it was to be defeated. That man was Jesus, our greater Adam.
The term “Anno Domino” is always associated with the date. Few actually know that it translates to, “In the year of our Lord”. This is to remind us that we are living not only after our fall to Sin, but all after Christ rose to defeat it in The Resseruction. We are living in a time where we can pursue Christ as he works in us to bring us towards the sanctification that He secured for us on the cross. We are living life now, not only in a world infected with sin, but also in a world where the sin has been paid found.
Living Between Two Worlds creates a painful tension. Satan has control of the earth until Christ returns, but for believers we are subjects of his world. However we do live in it. The tension is immense, and this blog seeks to examine it.