Something Old, Something New

After 16 years of silence from the BBC (1989-2005), Christopher Eccleston burst onto the small screen as the 9th incarnation of that “fantastic” Time Lord, Doctor Who.  Despite the northern accent (“all countries have a north”) and the ears (!) this new/old Time Lord was equally as good as the ones from the previous century.  He continued in the same style, with the same quirkiness, courage and cunning.  He also displayed the same overwhelming desire to rescue the “silly little humans”.

Yet at the same time Eccleston’s Doctor was new, exciting and different.  Due to the dawning of the digital age, the new Doctor Who adventures would be all the more realistic and thoroughly more exciting.  These new aliens, battles, travels, gadgets and the digital mastery of special effects, were beyond the reach of producers in the old era.  Add to this the arrival of the world wide web, and the new Doctor Who was poised to go further than he had ever gone before, and become far more popular.  The new larger fan base could easily share, at the click of a button, their favourite Doctor Who adventures and pick up more friends to take on the journey.

Can you help but notice the similarities here?

After 400 years of silence from God’s Prophets, God Himself showed up in the person of Jesus Christ (first century A.D. or thereabouts).  He was the same God, of justice and mercy, who continued the Big Story of redemption which He had been speaking all along: of a Promised Messiah, God incarnate, God’s Son, who would rescue the “silly little humans”.  Jesus would fulfill, in living colour (blood red particularly) all that had been promised.  He was the sinless sacrifice for us.  And perhaps not unlike the new Doctor Who, the time of Jesus’ arrival on the planet was no happy coincidence.  In God’s perfect timing He sent His son into the Roman Empire, a vast interweb of cultures and people.  Advances in Roman technology and the extensive road network would allow the message of Jesus to be spread in all directions, to more people than had ever been connected by one ruling power before.
This Good news, of the new covenant in Jesus’ name, similarly proved much more promising:  “But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises.” (Hebrews 8:6 NLT)
In Jesus, we have eternal life in His name, because of His obedience.
Now I’m sure not even Doctor Who has the power to do that!

About sevennotesofgrace

The author musing here about music, grace and God goes by the name of Ros. I have a husband (married 24 yrs) and three daughters. I've been many things over the years, particularly a mother, high school teacher, church music director and women's ministry co-ordinator. Now I'm back to teaching high school English full-time. All these experiences have come to me from God's gracious hand, and each day I try to remember that! I live in a home among many gum trees in Brisbane Australia. Our extended family includes a white Maremma dog named Mia, two kittens, Simon and Catniss, and one chickens. Why “seven notes of grace”? The grace refers to God’s grace, which He offers to unworthy people like myself. We can freely receive His forgiveness and love. Music is another gracious gift to us: our ability to create, play, sing, communicate with and enjoy it. So the seven refers to the seven notes of the musical scale (yes there are seven, count them A to G) and the notes refers to writing (text and music) and musical notes. I was very relieved when this original blog title finally came to me, which encapsulates so many different aspects of who I am, a musical sinner saved by grace! http://sevennotesofgrace.com/

2 comments on “Something Old, Something New

  1. Jesus is more powerful than Doctor who by anything!!! Jesus = Infinity but Doctor Who= practiclly is Zero compared to Jesus & God !!!!

  2. Good one Ros! A common language (Greek then, English now) was very helpful for the spread of this message also.

    I find it interesting the Doctor character is quite a ‘humble’ character – he’s awesome in his intelligence, but kooky and prone to eccentric & human traits, like compassion. Just another parallel there where Jesus’ power stills the wind and the waves, but weeps for his dead friend Lazarus? Just another sign I think that the gospel of Jesus has left its finger prints on our collective imagination – that power is truly great when wrapped up in weakness.

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