No Escape From Halloween

Reading John 8:31-47

Halloween, a festival of the macabre, horrible, and evil in our society -by some.  For others a time of dressing up and enjoying creativity, sharing too much candy -is it safe to say most households buy the first batch of treats for consumption rather than distribution? Part of the whole halloween schtick is a resignation to the reality of evil, death and uncertainty about life after death.  Many seem to think that there is no escape, so you might as well embrace it.

Historically this evening has taken quite the turn and common lore about the origins of Halloween and the Christians merging with it may not be accurate.  For example, the ancient Celts followed a lunar calendar, so to say the Oct 31st was a particular festival or holy-day for them is difficult to grasp.  That’s not my focus today – I want to ponder a moment the idea of no escape.  I think our society has that quite accurately!  There is no escape from death, no way to avoid the end of our lives.  Do not despair!  There is the possibility of rescue.

Halloween is a modernisation of All Hallows E’en -the evening before All Saints Day in the church calendar.  A celebration of the godly -not for their own righteousness and merit -but of what God has done in making people Holy.  John records Jesus saying:


“If you hold to my teaching you are really my disciples, then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” 


Set free…  free from what?  Free from the slavery to sin and death. While there is no escape from death, there is rescue, we can be set free in Christ Jesus.  A saint is not some porcelain pure human sitting on a shelf, a saint is one of God’s ‘holy ones’, someone set free by Christ, made holy by Christ.  As Jesus says further, ‘the one who belongs to God, hears what God says.’

Hard to hear from God in the noise of a culture that says there is no escape.  Possible to hear from God as we turn to God and begin to listen, begin to yield, begin to come to the light and step away from the darkness.

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!

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