The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
If you are like me and are a crazy Harry Potter fan, you may have recognized these words from two places: the Bible (1 Corinthia 15:26) and from the words inscribed on Harry’s parents tombstone in Godric’s Hollow.
Interestingly enough, Harry and Hermione visit Godric’s Hollow on Christmas Eve. While the book never alludes to the real significance of Christmas, we know it well enough to recognize it when we see it. Sure enough, Harry reads the words “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” the night before the anniversary of the day that Jesus, the destroyer of death, came into the world.
It’s pretty interesting that they decide to visit there when they are feeling down on their luck, dejected, and had reached a number of dead ends. Their friend, Ron, had even abandoned them at this point. Whether or not J.K.Rowling intended it, it’s easy to draw parallels between their sorry state and the sinful state we’re all in.
Not only did Jesus destroy death when he rose on the third day, he also plans to destroy death for us, his people.
The house where Harry’s parents were killed (and Harry was almost killed when he was 1) is cursed to look destroyed forever. It bears the mark of the evil that occurred there. But Harry, though he bears a mark (his scar) overcomes it. And how does he overcome it? His mother’s love! Because his mom died to save his life, he is protected by her love.
Though we may still bear the mark of the scars of our sins, we are protected and loved by Jesus. We can be imperfect and still have the powerful conquerer of death on our side.