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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Lessons from Narnia

As we look at Narnia you don't have to be too familiar with the main Bible stories to recognise some of the key characters and themes. Without doubt, Aslan represents Jesus Christ, and also God Himself, and perhaps the White Witch represents Satan. Narnia, then, where the adventure happens, might also represent the Kingdom of God, as well as the Kingdom of Aslan.

Clearly, there is no direct retelling of any of the Bible stories, but if you look, you will find elements taken and retold for readers, in that special C S Lewis way. Do you remember how Edmund arrives in Narnia alone, disgruntled with his brother and sisters, and immediately meets with the White Witch in the forest? He is tempted with the enchanted Turkish Delight, and the promise of becoming a prince of Narnia:

'I think I would like to make you the Prince - some day, when you bring the others to visit me.'

Succumbing to temptation is a very powerful theme in the Bible. Jesus is tempted by Satan in the wilderness with promises of great power. Also Judas betrays Jesus, much as Edmund betrays his brother and sisters later in the story.

Of course, Edmund is rescued from the White Witch by Aslan, and although she later claims the life of Edmund as rightfully belonging to her, Aslan offers his own life in exchange for Edmund's. This action exactly follows that of Jesus Christ who died on the cross to save mankind.

We can also recognise the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the resurrection of Aslan, after his humiliation and execution by the Witch and her rabble of followers.

Even without reference to any of the religious symbolism, the characters in Narnia set high standards of personal behavior that each of us can follow.

O LORD, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes; Make Your way straight before me.

-Psalm 5:8 (New American Standard)

Dear Lord we thank you for those that can help bring lessons to live in stories they write. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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