Chronicles of Narnia, The
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a fictional story based on the true message of the Bible: there is a God who loves us so much that He is willing to give His life for ours!
The movie follows four siblings – Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. What they take to be an ordinary wardrobe ends up being a secret portal to a magical land called Narnia, and from there they enter a world of unthinkable adventure.
One of the siblings, Edmund, betrays his family when he is seduced by the comfort and power offered to him by the witch queen – an evil woman ruining Narnia with her tyranny and dark spells. He leaves with the queen and tells her of the plans his siblings have with fellow Narnians to lead a rebellion against her rule.
The true King of Narnia, the lion Aslan, comes to Edmund’s rescue – despite his treachery against the just cause of the rebellion. Momentarily, all seems to be well. Aslan forgives Edmund and he is reunited with his siblings.
But there is a catch – the queen enters onto the rebellion’s camp to speak with Aslan and claims that Edmund was her rightful prisoner.
She calls out to the camp, “Aslan knows that unless I have blood, as the law demands, all of Narnia will be overturned and perish in fire and water. That boy will die on the Stone Table as is tradition. You dare not refuse me.”
Blood needed to be spilled to cover Edmund’s debt. Aslan knew this – and made a deal with the queen. He would take Edmund’s place, and pay the price of his sin.
The king of the land granted forgiveness to Edmund, who had clearly sinned by betraying his family and friends. The evil witch wanted the young boy to be killed, in accordance with the law, although King Aslan pardoned him and saved his life. But this wasn’t the only time a King pardoned a person who was undeniably guilty of sin.
Let’s talk about this some more…
- What basis does the witch have in coming to the camp for Edmund?
- Do you think “the law” that the witch was referring to was fair? Why or why not?
- How do you think Edmund felt, standing there in front of a large crowd, with his “dirty laundry being aired” in front of everyone?
- Do you think that Edmund deserved death like the witch said? Why or why not?
The parallel between this and the Bible is powerful. An encounter not too different from Edmund’s with the queen at the rebellion camp also occurred in Scripture. Let’s take a look:
John 8:1-11 (NIV)
1But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" 6They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." 8Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"
11"No one, sir," she said.
"Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."
The list of parallels between the two stories is striking: Edmund and the woman were both guilty, Edmund and the woman both had an accuser who publicly proclaimed their sins in front of a crowd, the accusers made their argument to the highest authority present…Aslan and Jesus; and Edmund was pardoned by Aslan as the woman was pardoned by Jesus.
But beyond this list, the most striking part of Christianity – undeserved forgiveness – is the foundation rooted in both of these tales.
Let’s explore this some more:
According to the Law of Moses, what should be done to the woman in this story?
Does that seem fair to you? Why or why not?
How do you think the woman felt, standing in front of everyone with her sin being made public?
How does Jesus INITIALLY respond to the woman’s accusers?
When Jesus finally speaks to the accusers, He tells them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." What does He mean by this?
At the end of the story, the woman’s accusers have all left and it’s just Jesus and the woman left talking. Does Jesus condemn her or not? How do you know?
Do you think Jesus did the right thing? Why or why not?
While the story from The Chronicles of Narnia is only a fictional account of forgiveness, the story from the Bible is a completely true one. This story is in the Bible for a couple of reasons. First, it’s true. Jesus really did forgive this woman even though she was completely guilty of her sin. Secondly, it shows us how Jesus is willing to forgive us of our sins. No matter what we’ve done, or how humiliating or shameful it is, Jesus will forgive us.
Jesus could forgive the woman because, like Aslan in the movie, He was willing to lay down His life for those He loved. At the end of Jesus’ ministry on earth, He gave His life on a cross in exchange for ours. That’s why Jesus could forgive the woman – and did. And that’s why Jesus can and will forgive each of us.
One final question…
I can guarantee you that in this coming week, you (and everyone else in the world) will face the temptation to sin. What part of our discussion tonight will help you choose to be obedient to God, and not sin?
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