A town called Mercy

A-town-called-Mercy-image-f“I like to think of Keep out signs as suggestions rather than actual orders – like ‘Dry Clean only.'”

So begins the Doctor’s adventure in the Town called Mercy (Series 7/3).  This episode has more ‘Western’ symbols and Biblical references than you could poke a stick at. In this town, the Doctor finds many anachronisms (things out of time sequence), aggressive stares and even a horse called Susan – enough oddities to make him think someone has been peeking at his Christmas list! But as soon as he declares himself an “alien Doctor” they measure him up for a coffin and push him over the town’s line of protection. This beckons the response of one Cyborg gunslinger, bent on executing justice.

But it is not this Doctor he wants. There is another alien physician (who has created monsters and caused much destruction) hiding within the refuge of the Town called Mercy. And this is the dilemma: should the Doctor expose him, push him over the line to answer for his crimes and meet his death, or is there another way? Should the Doctor allow justice to be done, or show mercy and defend him? This leads to a huge debate with Amy,about showing mercy to others, which is the Doctor’s usual practice. Have too many people suffered because of the Doctor’s mercy to criminal elements across all time and space? Should the Doctor be unmerciful in this instance?

Without giving the outcome away I can’t help but think of the mercy we rest on as followers of Jesus. He is the one who achieves justice, appeasing God’s wrath completely against sinful people! Our crimes are fully paid for and yet only one man, one innocent Son of Man, suffers so that the guilty can go free….free indeed! The mercy of God is at His own expense. He pushes his only Son Jesus over the line, outside the city limits, to meet his death on a cruel Roman cross.

As we come to that time of year once again, when chocolate bunnies and rabbits gather around (yet crowd out) the glory of the Cross, I hope you will find the opportunity to tell someone of this most amazing story of mercy and justice, which meet together in Jesus Christ. The Doctor will always struggle to get this balance right, since he is but a reflection of the one true Time Lord.

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/

4 comments on “A town called Mercy

  1. This post ‘ a town called mercy’ is absolutely amazing!
    I couldn’t stop reading it!
    Just a question for you, if God can do anything and stop anything he wants too, then why did he push his only son to die on a cross? You will probably answer: because it was the only way too save us from sin, right. But i don’t understand is: if God can do anything, surely there was another option then too have his only son die on a cross?

  2. This is a good question to ask bekkyb and there is an answer! I like that you haven’t given up thinking about God’s love and goodness shown in Jesus’ death on the cross! Keep asking God about it and see what He says to you? A good place to start is the Gospel according to John…don’t think it’s too difficult (and it’s ok to bit a bit impatient)…

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