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Summary: This is the third message in a three part series on Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The theme is Jesus, born to reign

WHAT IF THERE WERE NO CHRISTMAS

Christmas Comes to Narnia

Luke 1:26-33

This message is the third of a three part series on Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The slides below are power point slides used during the message. The picture slides were copied from web sites or scanned from an illustrated book on Chronicles of Narnia.

We ended last week with Aslan giving his life for Edmund. The story doesn’t end there.

PICTURE SLIDE – BROKEN STONE TABLE

Aslan comes to the stone table, the place where justice is extracted. The witch and all her army have gathered. Aslan is bound, his mane shaved, as the witch plunges a knife into his heart, killing him.

If this were the end, all of us would be in big trouble. But something happens that changes everything. There is an earthquake, and Aslan is gone. Then, what seems to be the impossible happens. Lucy and Susan are overwhelmed. Is this a ghost?

PICTURE SLIDE – ASLAN ARISES

Aslan explains that there is a deeper magic – rules written before the stone table that the witch doesn’t know. Aslan has shattered the table and conquered death.

The children, dwarfs, and small animas, riding on the backs of lions, centaurs, unicorns, horses, giants, and eagles left the witch’s castle in a hurry, over the countryside, at last coming to a winding, narrow valley.

PICTURE SLIDE - BATTLE

In the valley Lucy heard noises, sounds of shouts and shrieks and the clashing of metal against metal.

Peter and Edmund stood with the rest of Aslan’s army fighting desperately against the crowd of horrible creatures that the girls had seen the night before at the stone table.

PICTURE SLIDE – BATTLE PETER

There were statues dotting the battlefield, where the witch had been using her wand to make them into stone. The witch was fighting Peter.

Aslan,

PICTURE SLIDE – ASLAN ROAR

with a roar that shook all Narnia, flung himself upon the White Witch. All the creatures that Aslan led from the witch’s house rushed madly on the enemy lines. The battle was over within minutes. Once the evil creatures saw that the witch was dead, they either gave themselves up or ran away.

The next day they marched toward a great river, eventually coming to mouth of the river and the castle of Cair Paravel.

PICTURE SLIDE – CAIR PARAVEL

Before them were the sands, rocks, pools of salt water and seaweed, and miles of waves breaking on the beach. `

After a day of playing on the beach, getting their shoes and stockings off and felling the sand between their toes, all gathered in the Great Hall of Cair Paravel. In the presence of their friends and to the sound of trumpets,

PICTURE SLIDE – CORONATION ROOM

Aslan solemnly crowned them and led them to the four thrones amid the shouts of “Long Live King Peter! Long Live Queen Susan! Long Live King Edmund! Long Live Queen Lucy!”

PICTURE SLIDE - THRONES

The children sat on their thrones and they gave rewards and honors to all their friends.

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In Narnia, Aslan arises to defeat the White Witch. His reign is restored.

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At Christmas, Jesus is born to REIGN.

…You are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:31-33

Word study: Son of the Most High

David told that his offspring would come eon whose kingdom would be forever. God would be his father, and he will be my son. (2 Samuel 7:12-14)

In Luke’s account, introducing Jesus. The first description is Jesus as King!

Most of us, had we designed the plan, would have made great pomp and circumstance out of the arrival of the king. Yet he was born of a humble country maiden.

A unique start

Shows God can use any of us

Shows that God is making his king accessible to us.

Today we want to talk about what it means to have Jesus rule our lives. Jesus was born to be King. What does that mean for us? The first three points are review from the previous three weeks.

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When Jesus rules in our lives…

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1. We live in Jesus’ LIGHT.

The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:5

The world is in darkness because of sin. Jesus came to bring life.

Some of us may deny sin. Things aren’t that bad. We are created in God’s image. We are completely affected by sin.

Light gives us direction.

In Narnia, Aslan turns winter into spring.

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