Narnia revisited

narniaHow would anyone think of having C. S. Lewis’ literature for honeymoon?

That’s exactly what we have for our honeymoon. 🙂

Due to reasons that pushed back our traveling plans, my hubby decided to start our new life together with long evening strolls around our neighborhood, quality home-cooked meals, as well as first-class movies and literature. He had ordered C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity and Narnia DVDS from the library as the head start in our new marital life. Since Narnia is also my favorite, I thought it would be a great idea for me to revisit Narnia.

If you’re familiar with C. S. Lewis’ literature, you’ll probably agree that Narnia is not for children only. My hubby and I were simply blessed when we revisited the theme of salvation in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the theme of choosing God and waiting on His timing in Prince Caspian, and the theme of sanctification, i.e., dealing with our greed, selfishness, etc. in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

As we followed the story line closely, I was once again encouraged by the transformation of Edmund (King Edmund the Just) over the course of the story. From a boy who had always functioned selfishly so much so that he would betray others for the sake of gaining more Turkish delight candies (as in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), he turned out to be one who was most decisive in defying the White Witch (Prince Caspian). Also, due to his vivid experience of fighting temptations, he was able to show appropriate compassion to his fallen cousin Eustace (Voyage of the Dawn Treader).

Life transformation, of course, does not happen by one’s own determination. Edmund’s new identity and character was shaped after a personal encounter with Aslan (symbolism of Christ Jesus) — shown in the movie as a private Lion-boy conversation, after which forgiveness was publicly offered to Edmund at Aslan’s camp. There was, however, grave consequence of Edmund’s sin of betrayal. Only Aslan’s sacrifice on Edmund’s behalf on the Stone Table could break the Deep Magic (symbolism of the Law), i.e., “every traitor belongs to me (White Witch Jadis, symbolism of Lucifer) as lawful prey and that for every treachery I have a right to kill.”

Aslan’s death on the Stone Table broke the Magic, because there was yet an older law of Narnia, “that when 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 backward.” 

Death itself would start working backward …. What a powerful God, who holds the power of redemption and restoration.

Here we stand, therefore, as newly weds, resolved that the magnificent restoration power of God, available on the Cross of Christ, will be the ever-sustaining strength of our days on earth. Lord, help us.

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About Florence Kuek

Was lecturer and researcher at a state university. Currently serving as Head of Student Services at a college. Has a pastoral heart for people. PhD candidate, Chinese Studies at University of Malaya.
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