Greetings Earthlings! I feel like I haven’t posted anything in forever. What’s it been? 8 1/2 years…something like that…? My life has been insane lately. I finished my freshman year of college last month, and just finished my junior year of high school today! Crazy stuff up in here.
To be honest, I rock at coming up with blog post ideas. What I fail at is narrowing my options down to one topic. But, I came up with a great idea a couple days ago.
I was in a nostalgic mood last week, so I decided to watch one of my all-time favorite “kid” movies: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. This movie is, in my opinion, the only movie in history to even come CLOSE to topping the book that it came from. The story is great in and of itself, but add the visuals and special effects, and you have perfection.
My favorite thing about this story is Aslan. Anyone who can manage to get one eye open will realize who this character really is. He is a character who represents Jesus. Oh, whoops…SPOILER ALERT.
We all know the story (and if you don’t, your childhood must have been fun). What I find brilliant is C. S. Lewis’ way of portraying the death and resurrection of Jesus in a way that kids can understand and that brings adults to tears. Aslan is the perfect representation of Jesus. The way the lion treats the other characters is exactly how I would picture Jesus treating His children. He is kind, loving, and magnificent. Just like Jesus.
Sometimes, when people think of Jesus, they think of a wimpy guy going around telling people what they can and can’t do. That’s not who Jesus is. He is a King, a loving Father, and a Savior. In my opinion, Aslan is the best example of a Christ-like figure. If you look at the story of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, you’ll see what I mean.
When Peter, Susan, and Lucy arrive at Aslan’s tent, everyone around them immediately bows to the great lion. He is the perfect picture of power and might, as well as gentleness and love. When the Witch shows up to demand that Edmund die on the Stone Table, Aslan stands his ground and stares her in the eye the whole time. She claims that, according to the Deep Magic, because Edmund is a traitor, he belongs to her. She wants him to die on the Stone Table, but Aslan strikes a deal with her to prevent Edmunds death. We don’t find out right away, but Aslan had agreed to sacrifice his own life in exchange for Edmund’s.
Later on, Aslan approaches the Stone Table, where his life will end, surrounded by the Witch’s cheering followers. They laugh and jeer at him…the ruler of Narnia. The Witch orders that he be tied up and his mane shaved off. As they brutally cut off his mane, we see the humiliation in the eyes of the Great Lion. Although he was bound, there is no doubt that Aslan could have broken away and killed all of the evil creatures around him. Even Susan and Lucy, who are watching in horror from a distance, wonder why he doesn’t fight back. Finally, after taunting Aslan as much as possible, the Witch stabs the lion. Soon after he is dead, the Witch and her army leaves to fight Aslan’s forces for Narnia. Lucy and Susan run up to him and break down. They sit there most of the night just crying for him. As dawn approaches, they decide to head back to the camp. Suddenly, they experience what seems to be an earthquake, but what turns out to be the Stone Table cracking. Aslan appears, living, whole, and more magnificent than ever. He explains to the girls that while the Witch understands the part of the Deep Magic that gives her ownership of Edmund, she missed the part that states that when an innocent person gives their life for a traitor, death cannot hold them. Aslan sacrificed his life for Edmund, and was brought back to life because he had not done anything wrong. He then goes on to save Narnia and defeat the evil Witch.
It isn’t hard to detect the symbolism in this story. Just as Aslan died for Edmund, Jesus died for His children. Also, like Aslan, Jesus was resurrected because he was faultless. Death had no power over him. In addition, Aslan is a great representation of just how powerful, yet meek, Jesus is. Jesus could have fought back when He was on the cross. He could have simply stepped down, and wiped out all of His murderers, who were taunting Him just as Aslan’s enemies had taunted him. Yet, He didn’t. He didn’t because He knew that His death was the way it had to be. He submitted because He was committed to saving the very people who were killing Him. Even though he didn’t fight back, we all know He was powerful enough to.
Later in the story, Aslan goes around the country and literally breathes life into the creatures that the Witch had turned to stone. Jesus does the same thing. Because He died for us, He offers us new life. If we accept his free gift of salvation, he promises to breathe life into us. I don’t know about you, but that makes me pretty darn happy.
Another part of the story that really spoke to me the last time I watched it, is when Edmund is fighting with the Witch and breaks her wand in half. Because Edmund had been redeemed, he had been given the power to rebuke and take away the Witch’s power. Jesus has given us the same power. Because of His blood, we now have the ability to resist and destroy the enemy. We do not belong to him anymore, and he can not hold us down.
Jesus isn’t the judgemental, passive man that some people envision Him to be. He is also not merely a “good teacher.” He is a mighty King, who loved us enough to allow Himself to be killed in order to save us. Just like Aslan died for Edmund.
Anyway, that’s why I love Aslan as well as the whole story. Lewis is nothing less than a genius. Aslan’s caring spirit, as well as his immense power, is an exact mirror image of Jesus. He is kind and gentle, but also shows His might when He needs to. Mr. Beaver said it right, “‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” One of my favorite parts of the movie is right after Aslan comes back from the dead. He tells Susan and Lucy to cover their ears and then lets out a huge, earth-shaking roar. It’s almost like he’s proving to his enemies that they can’t stifle his power. Jesus has this same power, except His is real and is continuing to work in the world He created.
So carry on with your Mother’s Day with the assurance that the King has saved you and dearly loves you.
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