Summary: Part one of a three week sermon to link with the launch of the Narnia film.

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The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – week 1

“Beyond The Wardrobe” (There is more to life than meets the eye)

2 Cor 4:18

Have you ever, on a clear starry night, when there are little lights to crowd the view, lay on your back and looked up into the heavens and thought, wow, there is more to this life than meets the eye. Have you ever looked across the ocean and see the sun setting low over the horizon, filling the sky with the most amazing colours and thinking, there is more to this world than meets the eye. Perhaps, if you have been in the most blessed situation to see your child in the first few seconds of it’s life, sucking that first few breathes and looked in awe and wonder and thought, wow, amazing, there must be more to this life than meets the eye.

When I was kid growing up I had a pet badger. I would play with it and it would go everywhere with me. I can’t remember if he had a name. But it was my pet badger and it lived in the lounge, and it made its home in a kitchen stool that I turned upside down. It was my best friend. It loved me, and I cared for it, I was about 3 years old. My sister had also had a best friend, hers was called Dobby. Whenever Sue went Dobby would go. Dobby didn’t live in a stool that was turned upside down in the lounge, but she was allowed upstairs in her bedroom. Cute thing was only I could see the badger and only Sue could see Dobby – I think that was fine too until one day when neither I nor Sue would get in the car to go on holiday because we couldn’t find the badger or Dobby. Sue cried her eyes out one day, because Dad shut Dobby’s arm in the car door. Now it seemed that it was fine having a pet badger when I was three years old, the world of imaginary pets and friends is fine, but when you are 45 and you tell people that you believe in something you can’t see, do they need to call the guys with the white jackets? When you say, I am staking my life on Jesus Christ, He is the source and meaning of life for me, both this life and the next, I am orientating my decisions, I choosing how I live my life on something I can’t see, touch, feel or point to, But I believe that he is all in all, is it time to say, get me out of here! Is there really something that significant, that life changing that can’t be seen, nevertheless, is still as real as what can be seen? Can I share a secret with you, but don’t tell anyone else, the badger now lives in my office in Ednall lane, under the desk, so if you come into my office and see biscuit crumbs on the floor you now know where they come from!

Today we start a short series on, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. What’s that about? On December 9th, Disney launches the movie series that they believe will be the biggest selling film they will ever have, it’s all about the C S Lewis books “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Why look at this? Because there is more to this book than meets the eye, it’s a story within a story. Just as our lives are a story within a bigger story, there is more than meets the eye in this book, and there is more to our life than meets the eye. It’s a story that been told since 1950 when it was written and over 85 million copies have been sold, but it’s also a story that has been told for 2000 years. It’s a story that involves you and me. It’s a story where there is more than meets the eye. I hope that you will go to see the movie, we are trying hard to be the first people in Bromsgrove to have the movie after it’s released from the cinema and we will show it here for free sometime in Feb/Mar 2006. Many of your friends who do not believe in Jesus will be going to see the movie, perhaps, perhaps there may just be a chance that over the next three weeks something we say could be a seed that you could plant in their minds and who knows what God could do – because there is always more to this life than meets the eye.

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