The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Gospel According to Disney

Following on from Easter it is no surprise that I should draw our attention to Disney’s Chronicles of Narnia and the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.’ Based on the story by C.S. Lewis, it is an allegory of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy enter a strange world through the back of a wardrobe. It is a world where some animals can talk but also a world where it is always winter, because of the White Witch. Edmund falls under the White Witch’s spell and becomes her slave, as so many have before him. But Aslan the Lion arrives, the White Witch’s challenger. He represents Jesus and with him comes the hope of spring. To save Edmund, Aslan offers himself as a substitute. The White Witch gleefully accepts, ties him up, cuts off his mane and kills Aslan on a stone table. The White Witch believes she has won, but as morning dawns the table cracks and Aslan returns in awesome power. He defeats the White Witch and the land is reborn, being placed under the charge of the four children.

The Christian gospel speaks of a world held hostage under the power of Satan, represented in the story by the White Witch. In order to free the world, Jesus became one of us, lived among us and finally substituted himself for us on the cross. He died in our place so we could go free. But the story doesn’t end there for at Easter we celebrate Jesus resurrection and with that, his victory over Satan. His power is broken and a new life is born. No longer hostages, we are free to choose to live the new life Jesus offers and to reign with him in his kingdom.

It is a difficult story to grasp but it can be summed up in one short sentence, the most famous verse in the bible ‘God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that who believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.’

In all your circumstances and situations, I pray you may experience in your heart God’s eternal love for you, and in that experience you may find real joy and peace.

 John Harries (Chaplain)

Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School by STB