Summary: A look at the character of the Lord Jesus Christ as portrayed by Aslan in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
The Triumph of Aslan - An Example of True Love
What is your view of God? J.B. Phillips wrote a book a few years ago titled, “Your God Is too Small.” In it he describes the different negative ideas we have of God; Resident Policeman, Grand Old Man; Managing Director… [To that I could add, Nagging Parent…] He is often pictured as remote and out of touch with our world. But in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, on the big screen, C.S. Lewis has given us another picture of God. It seems the “Church in the Cinema” has brought to life the character of our Savior.
As with any symbol, Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe doesn’t completely portray the Lord Jesus Christ, but it is a study that will expand your understanding of His mission and ministry.
As we dive into the story once again I must tell you that some things I say are dependent on you having a knowledge of the book or the movie. I will try not to make too many assumptions…
Today I want to focus on Aslan. He is the lion in the story. We looked at Lucy tripping through the wardrobe in our first study, last week we looked at the temptation of Edmond and we ate some Turkish Delight. Today we will study the Triumph of Aslan.
Aslan is the central subject of the Chronicles of Narnia…but Aslan doesn’t appear immediately. In fact, Lewis has delayed his appearance to create the sense of anticipation portrayed throughout the Bible for the Lord Jesus Christ…for His first appearance, and then for His coming again.
As you read the book you get eager to meet Aslan? And it seems like it takes forever for the children to finally see Him? It’s like waiting for Christmas… or as Lewis suggests, “something even better than Christmas.”
For our first point I want to do a bit of a review under the subject of facing temptation…
1. FACING TEMPTATION
In our first study Lucy discovered a world where it was always winter, but never Christmas. A world under the control of the White Witch. It is a picture of our world under the domination of the prince of this world, Satan. But last week we focused in on one young man, Edmond, by name, who was taken captive by the White Witch.
We saw that Edmond has a choice, but he ignored the warnings and yielded to the temptation. He is not unlike each of us. We live in a sinful fallen world, but when given the opportunity we choose to ignore the warnings. WE are described in Ephesians 2:3 [MSNT]:
“Among them all of us also formerly passed our lives, governed by the inclinations of our lower natures, indulging the cravings of those natures and of our own thoughts, and were in our original state deserving of anger [God’s wrath-KJV] like all others.”
We talked at length last week about the fact that we all make choices and we can choose to follow the Lord or Satan’s subtle suggestions. Yogi Berra said, “If there is a fork in the road, take it!” The fact of the matter is, we all must choose to take the right course, or we have already chosen to take the wrong path. Underline “governed” and “indulging” in your outline. Last week we looked at the steps down into sin, and how we can have victory over temptation…