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!