In his book Reason for God, Tim Keller tells the story of author Dorothy Sayers.
Dorothy Sayers, wrote a series of detective novels, and her Hercule Poirot was Lord Peter Wimsey. She wrote eleven novels and two sets of short stories with this character. He was an aristocrat, a sleuth, and he lived in 1930s Britain. His stories were incredibly popular.
What is surprising about Sayer’s novels is that around half way through her Lord Wimsey stories a woman turned up. Her name was Harriet Vane. She was not all that good looking. She was a writer of mystery novels. She was one of the very first women to get through Oxford. Harriet and Peter fall in love. They solve a few mysteries together and eventually marry.
Up to this point, Peter Wimsey had been a bachelor. He was somewhat eccentric, lonely and not particularly happy. Harriet Vane entered into his life and Lord Peter Wimsey was rescued from his troubled life.
What is fascinating was that Dorothy Sayers was a writer of mystery novels and she was one of the first women to go through Oxford.
Sayers looked at her character, Peter Wimsey and she knew he needed someone to help him out. So she wrote a character who was a writer of mystery novels, and who has attended Oxford. She wrote herself into the story, and healed Wimsey. Hariet Vane, aka Dorothy Sayers saved Wimsey.
Wimsey is saved by his creator.
Did Peter Wimsey get to know Dorothy Sayers, his creator, because he leapt off the pages and found her? No. He got to know her and be rescued by her, because she wrote herself into his story. She made herself known to him in his world by becoming a character in his story. She incarnated herself into his story.
That is what Jesus did for us.
He looked at you and me, in all our brokenness, and rather than just show us his glory and majesty and power, He entered our our word to save us.
John 3: 16-17
“For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
Jesus entered our world, endured the world as we know it, lived a life without sin and then substituted His life for ours, by going to a cross and taking on the consequences of our sin, so that we might be considered blameless.
That is the story of the God who wrote Himself into our story to save us.