These three scenes are probably my favorite from “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.”
These scenes encapsulate the heart of King Yeshua. Let’s look closer to glean some spiritual truths that are vitally important to all of us.
Excerpt One: A Ransom Had to be Paid!
“Aslan! Dear Aslan!” said Lucy. “What is wrong? Can’t you tell us?” “Are you ill, dear Aslan?” asked Susan.
“No,” said Aslan. “I am sad and lonely. Lay your hands on my mane so that I can feel you are there and let us walk like that.”
And so the girls did what they would never have dared to do without his permission, but what they had longed to do ever since they first saw him – buried their cold hands in the beautiful sea of fur and stroked it and, so doing, walked with him. And presently they saw that they were going with him up the slope of the hill on which the Stone Table stood.”
In this scene, we see Aslan’s willingness, despite the terror and horror, to ransom us from the domain of the enemy to His own domain–the Kingdom of the Son.
“[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,”
Colossians 1:13 AMPC.
In C. S. Lewis’ novella, we see the powerful, regal lion weighed down by his great burden. The reader knows he has the authority, more than any other in the book, to at any time stop the whole sad affair–as well as what’s to come–his abuse at the stone table by his enemies. It’s a very tender moment displaying the weight upon Aslan and the children’s desires to somehow relieve him of the weight upon him.
But we also know the lion won’t stop the whole sad affair because Aslan’s word cannot be broken. He would rather be broken than his words be broken. What he has said to the witch to ransom Edmond from the curse (Edmond having knowingly betrayed his siblings and Aslan) cannot be discounted or ignored. Aslan will die for Edmond. And Edmond won’t even know Aslan’s done this on his behalf.
Excerpt Two: A Two-Way Pursuit
“Oh, children,’ said the Lion, ‘”I feel my strength coming back to me. Oh, children, catch me if you can!”
He stood for a second, his eyes very bright, his limbs quivering, lashing himself with his tail. Then he made a leap high over their heads and landed on the other side of the Table. Laughing, though she didn’t know why, Lucy scrambled over it to reach him. Aslan leaped again. A mad chase began. Round and round the hill-top he led them, now hopelessly out of their reach, now letting them almost catch his tail, now diving between them, now tossing them in the air with his huge and beautifully velveted paws and catching them again, and now stopping unexpectedly so that all three of them rolled over together in a happy laughing heap of fur and arms and legs.
It was such a romp as no one has ever had except in Narnia; and whether it was more like playing with a thunderstorm or playing with a kitten Lucy could never make up her mind.
And the funny thing was that when all three finally lay together panting in the sun, the girls no longer felt in the least tired or hungry or thirsty.”
Pursuit is a Vital Part of the Kingdom. The question is: what are we pursuing today? In this season?
Isn’t this scene a wonder? This second scene, what is essentially the Resurrection scene, we learn about pursuit–and its a Two-Way Pursuit. It’s said the Lord pursues us until He gets hold of us. After this, He seems to hide and we become the pursuers. Occasionally, He’ll stop and let us catch Him out of delight, grace, and for our own well-being (and its then we notice our hunger, tiredness, and thirst fully met).
Do we pursue Him like we did at the beginning? It’s never too late to pursue Him again.
Or if we know He’s pursuing us (for the first time or after a long absence), might we stop, turn, and let Him take possession of us?
Please note He is not pursuing with anger in His eyes. As it says in isaiah, He will not extinquish the smouldering wick! He wants to redeem and enliven!
Excerpt Three: You Have the Sword: Use It!
“For a moment Peter did not understand. Then, when he saw all the other creatures start forward and heard Aslan say with a wave of his paw, “Back! Let the Prince win his spurs,” he did understand, and set off running as hard as he could to the pavilion. And there he saw a dreadful sight…” “At first Peter thought it was a bear. Then he saw that it looked like an Alsatian, though it was far too big to be a dog. Then he realized that it was a wolf – a wolf standing on its hind legs, with its front paws against the tree-trunk, snapping and snarling. All the hair on its back stood up on end…” “Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do. He rushed straight up to the monster and aimed a slash of his sword at its side. That stroke never reached the Wolf. Quick as lightning it turned round, its eyes flaming, and its mouth wide open in a howl of anger.”
We must fight our own battles without passing responsibility for those battles to others. We should recognise the King has empowered us and authorized us to fight and overcome spiritual battles. In this third scene, Aslan could’ve easily killed the wolf. But he let Peter fight the battle using the sword given him. The sword represents the Word of God which He has given as a Sword of the Spirit to use on His behalf.
Don’t look for anyone to do your fighting for you. If He has given you a battle, He’s also given you the means to win that battle. Having said this, God has given you the spiritual tools and the Body of Christ to help you overcome. He doesn’t want us to do any battle in our own strength or as Lone Rangers. He supplies us with the means to overcome!
1. He sacrificed Himself to ransom us.
2. He pursues us, then we must pursue also Him.
3. He empowers and authorizes us to fight.
Bonus Excerpt: Aslan’s On the Move; Let’s Move with Him!
“He rushes on and on, never missing his footing, never hesitating, threading his way with perfect skill between tree trunks, jumping over bush and briar and the smaller streams, wading the larger, swimming the largest of all. And you are riding not on a road nor in a park nor even on the downs, but right across Narnia, in spring, down solemn avenues of beech and across sunny glades of oak, through wild orchards of snow-white cherry trees, past roaring waterfalls and mossy rocks and echoing caverns, up windy slopes alight with gorse bushes, and across the shoulders of heathery mountains and along giddy ridges and down, down, down again into wild valleys and out into acres of blue flowers. It was nearly midday when they found themselves looking down a steep hillside at a castle – a little toy castle it looked from where they stood – which seemed to be all pointed towers. But the Lion was rushing down at such a speed that it grew larger every moment and before they had time even to ask themselves what it was they were already on a level with it. And now it no longer looked like a toy castle but rose frowning in front of them. No face looked over the battlements and the gates were fast shut. And Aslan, not at all slacking his pace, rushed straight as a bullet towards it.”
The beauty of this passage–it is so descriptive, filled with movement and energy, as well as sensory detail!
The two children ride on Aslan’s back with a heading toward the Witch’s home. Once there, Aslan begins to breathe on the stone statues–those who have been turned to stone by the witch. Soon after this, the great battle takes place.
“God is not in the business of making bad people good; He is in the business of making dead people alive!”
My friends, King Yeshua, despite all the political and social and cultural news, is on the move! It has become increasingly difficult to walk with Christ without persecution. But when the tree is shaken, what remains of His people will do exploits for Him and against the enemy. No matter what happens around us, no matter how dark, how difficult, Jesus/Yeshua is Lord of all!
And this is the truth of the Gospel, that it brings to life that which is dead. It is resurrection power–the same power that raised Christ from the dead two millennia ago! And He continues to do this work despite everything!
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Sean Elliot Russell