Posted: 17 December 2014

Advent: Sacrificial Saviour

Frozen or warm? Generous or scrooge-like? Chine Mbubaegbu looks at the extremes in Disney’s Frozen to encourage us to think about the contrast between the darkness and light, the call to be brave in the dark as we move towards the light of salvation.Caution: Chine’s piece contains a Frozen spoiler or two!

The surrender of our Saviours life

I am one of those adults who has become a little obsessed with Disney’s Frozen – which tells the tale of two sisters: playful Princess Anna, who’s looking for love, adventure and approval, and her older sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, who’s burdened with the mysterious ability of being able to turn all around her to ice. Every little girl I know loves this film. They dance around in their Princess Anna and Queen Elsa outfits and they belt out the words to: ‘Let It Go’at the top of their little lungs. And here’s why I’m ok with this: because rather than promote the idea of a passive female beauty, waiting patiently for rescue from a Prince Charming-type character, these two women are among the bravest Disney princesses there have been. 

As I read Isaiah 61 again, I was struck by how so many of the themes of redemption, freedom, vengeance and beauty in this passage are played out in the narratives of this Disney blockbuster. Elsa and Anna are left brokenhearted when their parents die in a storm at sea, leaving their home devoid of the joy and laughter it was used to. 

The darkness of death leaves things not as they were intended to be. 

Elsa’s ability to turn things to ice keeps her in captivity, separating her from forming close bonds with anyone, while her coronation is far from a joyous occasion, seeing her given what feels like a crown of ashes rather than a crown of beauty. 

Ultimately, this beautiful story ends in an act of sacrificial love that you don’t see coming. It is an act of the ultimate bravery – laying down your life for those you love. 

And that’s the one act we believe – and which is alluded to in the Isaiah passage – that our Saviour came down to earth in the form of a helpless baby to perform: the surrender of his own life for ours. 

Bravery is not just a courageous act, but is always accompanied by a belief that there’s some greater ideal which is worth the struggle, the unknown, the pain or the sacrifice. 

By Chine Mbubaegbu - Guest bloggers

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