Ryan’s Redemption

Without giving away too much of the story, here is another character’s salvation story, taken from Thy Kingdom Come, the third book in the Strong Delusion trilogy which is set in the days immediately before the Rapture through to Christ’s Second coming.

Thy Kingdom Come, Chapter Nine

For three days, Jenna could barely keep anything down. She lay weak and pale, mostly sleeping as Ryan watched helplessly. He bathed her, tried to feed her, read the Bible to her and prayed like he had never prayed before. At night he lay looking up at the high peaks of the cathedral ceiling and called out to God as the tears rolled down his cheeks.

       On the morning of the fourth day, after a fitful night, he grabbed his Bible, crawled from the bedding, and headed out into the dark world. The sky was filled with billions of stars—the Milky Way clearly seen stretching from one end of the sky to the other. He sat upon the rocks, just gazing out into darkness, too spent to do much else.  No help, no hope—there was absolutely nothing that he could do for Jenna, and the thought nearly drove him mad.

       “What do you want from me?” he whispered fiercely to the God of the stars. His hands were clenched together, his knuckles white from the exerted pressure. His eyes darted from one constellation to another: Cassiopeia, the Queen; Cepheus, the King; Draco, the dragon—coiled and ready to strike Hercules, the Son of Zeus. He found Sagittarius, the Archer and his arrow: Aquila. He stared at Cygnus, the Northern Cross.  There was Corona Borea, the crown ready to be placed on Hercules’ head. He had always been fascinated by the stars and now wondered if there was a message there for him. 

The Son of God is ready to take his rightful place as King of kings and Lord of lords, Zee had recently said. He found Pegasus, the Winged Horse, and Pisces, the fish, and thought how God truly was the Ruler of land, sea, and every creature. He stared again, finding Andromeda, the chained daughter of Cassiopeia and Cepheus. Far off into the eastern sky stood Perseus, Andromeda’s rescuer, above Taurus, the Bull, and Aries, the Ram. His mind whirled with all the verses he had been reading about the Old Testaments’ sacrifices, and suddenly—it all made sense.  He needed to be rescued!  

Like Andromeda, chains of stubbornness and sin were wrapped around him, nearly choking the life out of him.  Satan had whispered so many lies to him for so long, that he had felt as though he was a hopeless case. He looked once again at Draco, remembering the verses from Genesis. How amazed he had been when Todd had taught that lesson: Satan would bruise Christ’s heel, but Christ would crush the serpent’s head, signaling his defeat at the cross. That defeat freed mankind from the penalty and power of sin, including Ryan—if he would but yield. He looked once again at Cygnus as tears wet his cheeks. He saw Hercules, facing that cross and realized once again that Jesus, the true Son of God had faced his cross for him!