The Fellowship of the King:
“God is faithful, by whom you were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:9).
“Fate has chosen him. A fellowship will protect him. Evil will hunt him.” It is with those words that we were first introduced to the first movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring. As Galdalf narrates those words, he is describing the adventure that Frodo the Hobbit is about to embark on. This is an interesting parallel to the Christian life! As Christians, God has chosen us, but an evil (the devil) hunts us, and therefore—we need the help of a fellowship that will protect us! “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7).
“Elrond summoned the hobbits to him. He looked gravely at Frodo. “The time has come,” he said. “The Company of the Ring shall be Nine, and the Nine Walkers shall be set against the Nine Riders that are evil. With you are your faithful servant, Gandalf will go; for this shall be his great task, and maybe the end of his labors. For the rest, they shall represent the other Free Peoples of the World; Elves, Dwarves, and Men. Legolas shall be for the Elves, and Gimli for the Dwarves. They are willing to go at least to the passes of the Mountains, and maybe beyond. For men, you shall Aragorn, for the Ring of Isildur concerns him closely.”
“Strider!” cried Frodo.
“Yes,” he said with a smile. “I ask leave once again to be your companion, Frodo.”
“I would have begged you to come,” said Frodo, “only I thought you were going to Minis Tirith with Boromir.”
“I am,” said Aragorn. “And the Sword-that-was-Broken shall be re-forged ere I am to set out to war. But your road and our road lie together for many hundreds of miles. Therefore, Boromir will also be in the Company. He is a valiant man.”
“There remain two more to be found,” said Elrond. “These I will consider. Of my household I may find some that it seems good for me to send.”
“But that will leave no place for us!” cried Pippin in dismay. “We don’t want to be left behind. We want to go with Frodo.”
“That is because you do not understand and cannot imagine what lies ahead,” said Elrond.
“Neither does Frodo,” said Gandalf, unexpectedly supporting Pippin. “Nor do any of us see clearly. It is true that if these hobbits understood the danger, they would not dare to go. But they would still wish to go, or wish they had dared, and be shamed and unhappy. I think, Elrond, that in this matter it would be well to trust rather to their friendship than to great wisdom.”
“Let it be so, then. You shall go,” said Elrond, and he sighed. “Now the tale of the Nine is filled. In seven days the Fellowship must depart.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring).
In this dangerous and great adventure called the Christian life, there is one word of warning that I want to give you. You must not go alone! “Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10). Over the next couple of days, we are going to talk about the importance of having close and intimate fellowship with other Christians.
Pastor Chris Jordan