Have you ever read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a story based on Easter and the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I was profoundly moved when I realised that Aslan chose to die for the betrayal of Edmond against his siblings, rather than allow the child to suffer at the hands of Evil.
This was a sacrifice of an innocent and beautiful being at the hands of an evil character who had a lust for power over all other creatures in Narnia.
This lust for power over others is a scenario worth contemplating; even in today's society.
Even now, as I contemplate this connection, I am in awe at the parallels that CS Lewis so cleverly created in this story. There are profound teachings here for those who take the time to consider the symbolic sub-text.
Susan and Lucy show a deep, abiding love and dedication to Aslan as they unwillingly walk him to his death. Symbolically, these characters represent Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene from the perspective of their dedication to Christ before, during and after his persecution.
The Evil Witch celebrates her triumph over Aslan, and thrills at having taken his life. She considers Aslan to have been stupid for sacrificing himself to save one child.
What she does not realise, is that her out-of-control ego has blinded her to what was really happening. A profound lesson in humility by a greater power. A power that she coveted for herself.
The very act of killing an innocent being was the evil character's ultimate undoing.
Aslan dies, only to be resurrected by the loving ancient energy that is beyond comprehension, and the battle for the 'soul' of Narnia begins a new chapter for the characters of the land.
Aslan of Easter is a pivotal and profound teaching, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe story is worthy of reading and re-reading.
The seed of truth is hidden in many stories. If we take the time to become consciously aware of these truths, we can grow and develop physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Aslan of Easter is a story that teaches us that even in the darkest of times, there is light and hope.
Thank you CS Lewis (who has now passed) for your brilliant story-telling. Thank you for weaving the Narnia story around Easter Mysteries and helping children and adults to connect with the Divinity hidden in the sub-text.