Let Christmas count as the end of this blog’s hiatus. The cause for me taking breaks likes this lies in the components of my writing, which I have compared to the hurricane cocktail in an old post, being out of whack. These are still not in perfect proportion–especially the passionfruit ingredient; yet, so many ideas have come into my head during this time that I must open the floodgates of my imagination.
The present article was one such inspired by my thoughts on THE SCENE in the film Excaliber and the Advent season. If you have never seen Excaliber, by all means stop reading now and watch this cinematic classic. Those of you who prefer to pass over this pleasure may get a sense of what I shall write about below by watching THE SCENE and the events immediately preceding it:
In the film, King Arthur becomes deathly ill because of his sins and coming under the influence of Morganna’s sorcery. The Knights of the Round Table go in search of the Holy Grail in order to heal the king. The land itself has also been laid waste by the loss of their king, as people shout: “Woe to the land without a king!” Thankfully, Sir Perceval finds the Grail, and brings it to King Arthur, who immediately regains his strength and rides forth with his knights to defeat the armies of Morganna and her son Mordred.
The scene of King Arthur and his knightly company riding out to battle the hordes of Mordred counts as one of the most moving scenes in film. Many people besides myself are moved to tears as they watch it. Edgar Allen Poe famously wrote: “Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.” THE SCENE strikes the viewer with its extreme beauty because it appeals to mankind’s mythic imagination. C. S. Lewis famously thought of the myths of the nations as expressions of the universal longings of mankind. Some Englishmen still fondly bring up the idea of King Arthur returning in the future to restore England when all has gone to hell.
However, Lewis understood all the best myths as pointing to the one True Myth: the Christian Faith. King Arthur riding to restore the country offers a pale image of Christ’s return in glory. Most people are caught up with thoughts of Christ’s birth two thousand and sixteen years ago this Christmas day. Yet, we are also supposed to keep Christ’s Second Coming in mind. As the Conquering King of All the Nations, He shall come to lands made wastes by the Anti-Christ and his minions. Surrounded by music of angels and the multitudes of the saints, the earth shall be restored beneath Christ’s white horse (Rev. 19:11), and He shall slay the Anti-Christ with the breath of His mouth (2 Thessalonians 2:8). Evil, sin, and death shall be destroyed once and for all! If the sight of King Arthur and his knights can so thrill us, how greatly shall we glory to see Christ and His Army on the last day?
Merry Christmas to all my dear readers!