Aiming at Narnia because of Aslan

I’m reading through Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia again. If you have not read the seven books comprising the Chronicles, they hinge upon whether or not the physical is all there is. Four siblings enter through a wardrobe into the “more real” world of Narnia–of satyrs, beavers, foxes, centaurs, and of course the King, Aslan.

And Aslan changes everything. Aslan has the power of life and death, has the power over the grave. Aslan makes all the difference.

Of course there are wicked witches, too, who interrupt Aslan’s design for periods, turning beauty into wintry landscapes and freezing life into deadly stillness. But Aslan changes everything. Why? Because He has the power of life and death, has the power over the grave. Aslan makes all the difference.

In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Susan asks (still trying to get her mind around the majesty of Aslan), “But what does it all mean?” And Aslan’s response?

“It means,” said Aslan, “that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that where a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards” (C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia, p. 185).

And Lucy’s response? “Oh, you’re real, you’re real! Oh, Aslan!” cried Lucy, and both girls flung themselves upon him and covered him with kisses” (C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia, p. 185).

Because Aslan changes everything.

The visible is not all there is. Invisible spiritual forces are at work, too, in London, England; in Madison, Wisconsin; in Dallas, Texas; in Tokyo, Japan; in Los Angeles, California; in your zip code; and in Narnia. Why?

Because Aslan changes everything.

Because Aslan is real, what we do matters.

How we respond to Aslan matters.

Aslan, remember, is on the move.

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