The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe - Part I
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. (Eccl 3:11)
I went to see The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Near the conclusion, Aslan resurrected from the dead, and the theater audience erupted in applause. I was astounded, since the scene is taken straight out of the book by C.S. Lewis. What’s fascinating is that Lewis was allegorically, yet blatantly, writing about Jesus’ resurrection. Here is, in my estimation, half a theater of non-Christians cheering for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It happened in this day and age when the word Christmas, because it has the word Christ in it, is politically incorrect.
And I am in awe of the God whom I serve…for as it says in the Bible “every knee will bow and every tongue will confess to God.” (Rom 14:11) That is exactly what happened when I was watching the movie, without knowing it people were praising God. How can I say that? Because I believe as Ecclesiastes says above that God “has put eternity in their hearts.” What does that mean you say? Well that’s what I’ll be writing about in this a first of three installments I’ll be blogging about this great movie…and book series.
Why do we love stories like Narnia, Lord of the Rings, even Star Wars, and the Matrix? Because they are a copy of the original story, in other words they are an echo of a bigger story. I believe that God is unfolding a terribly awesome, dramatic, comedic, action packed story. And it is etched as it were in our hearts…which includes our thoughts, emotions, and senses. Without even knowing it movies, fairytales, songs, poems, mythic stories all strike at that echo that is reverberating in our hearts.
Which is why we cheer when Aslan comes back to life…we might think it’s just because we love a heroic story…when the good guy wins. Actually it’s because it is written in our hearts to want the hero (that person who we put our hopes on…the one that just got killed) to come back to life and save us. Because we are in need of a savior and if he has that kind of power then he is the one we want to follow!
I’m thankful to C.S. Lewis for putting this story to pen in a fantasy setting for children. And to the producers and directors who put the story on the big screen. See I took my 5 year old with me…and it is a joy to see eternity being awoken in his heart. Was he afraid? Yes, but he still was bubbling when we got home about Narnia this and Aslan that. I could see it in his eyes…he got it as only a child could. The Narnia story is God’s story to him…and to us.
Also, for all my manly strutting I still can’t get myself to see the Passion of the Christ, I think because it is so REAL looking. I know my sins put him there and that grieves me beyond words. But for some reason seeing a Lion (Jesus) be put to death for a traitor like Edmund (me) all of a sudden gives me a window to see mythically what is hard for me to see realistically. I will tell you that I felt deeply my Lords pain and shame as well as the truth of what he did for me which is even more real now than I can say. I was cheering along with the rest of the folks in that theater…and my soul praised the living God for dying on the cross for my treachery. I even shed a few tears after the resurrection because I know in a deeper way that my Redeemer lives.
In that same theater, when the movie credits started going up, people exited as soon as possible, as they often do. A few people who must have seen the movie before yelled that it wasn’t over. They were right and I’m so glad I didn’t have to miss the Professor saying “keep your eyes open.” That is my prayer for each of us…Christian and seeker alike. Keep your eyes open for the bigger story that God is unveiling. It is written in your hearts…and even in the artist’s hearts that make movies, sing songs, write poetry, paint, and sculpt. God will find you even there…I hope you will find him too!
Stay tuned for Part II of my series on this great movie…until then remember that Aslan is on the move…and we'll answer the question why children to help save the Kingdom?