Among the authors I am most grateful for, C.S. Lewis sits among the top. Through his enchanting work, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Lewis takes complex Biblical concepts and carves them into a clear, allegorical context simple for young minds to understand. Aimed towards the younger generation of readers in order to present them with a captivating story enveloping Biblical truths, Lewis’ words never cease to cradle my weary mind, reminding me of Jesus’ truth in gentleness and graciousness.
The story of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe centers around 4 siblings who seek refuge from war in an English countryside property owned by a professor. During their stay, their younger sister, Lucy, wanders into a wardrobe during a routine game of hide-and-seek and finds herself in a magical world called Narnia. Following an interesting evening with a flute-playing fawn, Lucy returns home ecstatic and eager to show her siblings the charmed land beyond the wardrobe, but they are doubtful. Eventually, curious Edmund stumbles into Narnia, followed by Lucy, Peter, and Susan. As the four set foot on Narnia’s ground, adventures and convolutions ensue. Edmund betrays his siblings to the evil White Witch and all hope is lost until Aslan the lion king returns to Narnia, restoring the frozen land.
Out of all his siblings, Edmond is the mischievous rebellious one who probably snuck cookies before dinner back at home. He is also easily persuaded and is lured in by the White Witch and her promises of Turkish delight and royalty. Edmund epitomizes our sinful, gullible hearts that bolt towards the first promise of delight, even if it means hurting the ones we love most. Edmund lunges towards the witch’s empty promises which prove futile, endangering his siblings. We chased what we thought would quench our thirsty souls, but only made ourselves more thirsty in the pursuit. And when we get there, all we find is a dry well of despair.
However, we aren’t left alone staring into the cold darkness. Jesus comes. Aslan came, breathing new life and spring into frozen Narnia. Jesus comes and breaths newness and restoration into our frozen hearts. When Edmund is tied against a tree prepared to die, Aslan’s servants rescue him and bring him to Aslan. He calls Edmund to confession and conversion just as Jesus calls us to confession and conversion. Breaking our bondage hearts from sin, he realigns it with His heart, making us more like Him.
But the Christian life is full of trials, and though made new, Satan will fight to win us back. Edmond recognizes this in the following scene during a meeting between Aslan and the Witch:
“You have a traitor there, Aslan,” said the Witch. Of course everyone present knew that she meant Edmund. But Edmund had got past thinking about himself after all he’d been through and after the talk he’d had that morning. He just went on looking at Aslan. It didn’t seem to matter what the Witch said.”
Edmund “just went on looking at Aslan.” When tossed by the waves of the past, Edmund keeps his eyes fixed on his savior. It didn’t “matter what the Witch said” or what other people thought. His identity rested in the truth Aslan proclaimed over him.
What an immense and undeserved blessing our God has given unto us. He rescues us traitors from the enemy’s grasp and redeems our brokenness. He forgives our transgressions and gives us a new heart that seeks after Him. Praise the Lord that no matter what others may say, our identity is found in Him through His gift of salvation. No matter what the devil whispers into our minds, and no matter what the world says, we must keep our eyes on our Father, who “called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
So, during this season of thanksgiving, let us remember the greatest blessing given to us by our merciful Savior. His precious gift of salvation gives us a reason to be thankful every day. Among the cornucopia of family, friends, and food, let us not lose sight of the source of our undying joy. No matter what circumstances arise during this season of gratefulness, keep your eyes on the One who rescued you and freed you from the past, giving you a reason to be glad.
Lewis, C. S., and Pauline Baynes. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Macmillan, 1978.
1 Peter 2:9 English Standard Version
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