Summary: The White Witch’s spell curses creation, lures lust, hardens hearts, and fosters false-truths.
Introduction: Today we are continuing our sermon series, “Lessons from Narnia.” The land of Narnia is a magical land created by C. S. Lewis in the series, “The Chronicles of Narnia.” The first book, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” will soon be a major motion picture. The book and the movie share our Christian world view and gives us an incredible opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus with our friends and neighbors.
Last week, we looked at “The Lion’s Roar.” In C. S. Lewis’ books, Aslan represents Jesus. Aslan is a powerful lion who is not safe, but He is good. He is King of Narnia, yet He gives His life for sin, is resurrected, and restores the land of Narnia to a new golden era. We discovered that the lion of Narnia and the Lion of Judah roars with a holy, loving, and winning roar.
This week we are going to focus on the witch in the story, “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.” At one point in the book, two of the children, Lucy and Edmund are discussing the White Witch: “The White Witch?” said Edmund. “Who’s she?” “She is a perfectly terrible person,” said Lucy. “She calls herself the Queen of Narnia though she has no right to be queen at all…And she can turn people into stone and do all kinds of horrible things. And she has made a magic so that it is always winter in Narnia-always winter, but it never gets to be Christmas. And she drives about on a sledge, drawn by a reindeer, with her wand in her hand and a crown on her head.” (Chapter 3)
The witch corresponds to the devil. We can learn about our adversary from Lewis’s story and from God’s Word. 2 Cor. 2:11 (NIV) says…in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. Before we get into the story, I would like to say a couple of things about the White Witch:
• First, the White Witch is white, not because she is good, but because she is cold and frosty. She is evil. The concept of a good witch probably began with Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz. Today there are growing number of folks, even in our area, who call themselves White Witches. The implication is that they are good witches. It is one thing to have a witch in a fantasy, but in this world, that there are no good witches. All witchcraft is forbidden by Scripture. In Lewis’ book, the Witch is represented as evil. Don’t let her title fool you.
• Secondly, in our culture there is growing myth that evil is equal with good…good and evil battle each other and the outcome is uncertain. Some folks might even believe that evil is more powerful and stronger than good. Some TV shows, the main character is bad or corrupt…some even portray evil as a counterbalance of good. In our culture the Darkside battles it out with The Force and we wait to see who will win. That makes for a good movie, but in reality we know from Scripture that the Darkside hasn’t a prayer.
To become aware of his schemes let’s look at the witch’s spell in Narnia, and what God’s Word has to say about Satan’s spell. In the story we discover that the Witch’s spell…