SNAPE: Sometimes costs are made to be born. I didn’t just quote Dumbledore, did I?

 

Snape the Time-Turner version and the actual version knows what he’s talking about. He bore a major cost. He sacrificed over a decade of his life to fighting the Dark Lord he once served. He sacrificed his desire to overthrow the Muggles, all his long-held beliefs, and gave his life to protect and ultimately die for his enemy—Harry Potter. The child of his forever love and the rival who stole her from Snape.

 

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In a world that constantly whines, “I don’t deserve this!” and “I deserve to have whatever I want,” it is refreshing to hear a message other than, “Just do whatever makes you happy.” If the heroes of Harry Potter lived like that, Voldemort would have taken over the world and killed millions. The Trio wouldn’t have been heroes but cowards.

Sometimes costs are made to be born—even if they aren’t fair or deserved or what we want.

Jesus bore a cost that was not fair to him, not even non-Christians think he deserved to be harshly beaten and crucified, or what he wanted. Jesus asked God to take the cost from him, but not Jesus’ will but God’s be done. There was a cost that had to be born, only then could God save the world he created and loves.

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. ~ John 3:16-18a (NLT)

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I think this is what Jesus meant by, “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me,'” (Matthew 16:24 NLT). We each have a cost or “cross” we are made to bear out of our love for God and others. For Snape, that was sacrificing his life so that Harry could continue on his mission. For Harry, that was walking to his death, letting Voldemort hit him with the killing curse yet again so that Voldemort could finally be destroyed. 

All these decisions are made with a complete lack of concern for self and a powerfully strong love for others.

If we are going to be people who live in love, we must recognize what Snape (and Jesus) have taught us—some costs are made to be born so that love can prevail.

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