On display in the magnificent Louvre Museum in Paris, France, is the dramatic painting of Goethe’s Faust. Faust is seated at a table engaged in a competitive game of chess. And at first glance, it looks like Faust is losing.
His opponent in the chess game is Satan. The devil sits there grinning smugly. He thinks he has the victory in hand. He is pointing at the chessboard with an evil leer and he is gloating.
As you look at the painting, you can almost hear the devil shouting: “Checkmate! Game’s over! I win!” However, a person with a keen eye who knows the game of chess can see that the match is not over at all.
As a matter of fact, just a few years ago, an internationally famous chess player was admiring the painting when all of a sudden he lunged forward and exclaimed: “Wait a minute! Look! Faust has another move and that move will give him the victory!”
The painting is something of a parable for us Christians, because here we see symbolized the good news of Easter. Think of it. When we look at the Cross on Good Friday, it looks (at first glance) like evil has won. It looks like goodness is dead and buried forever. It looks like Christ has been silenced and conquered.
But then, Easter Sunday morning reveals God’s move, the greatest checkmate move of all time. Christ comes out of the grave and into our lives with power and joy and victory.
By Eric Ritz
What move has God made in YOUR life that has given YOU New Life?
THE WORLD WILL KNOW JESUS IS ALIVE IF WE SIMPLY LIVE AS THOUGH IT WERE TRUE!