Tuesday, November 22, 2011

For Narnia. And for Jacksie

C.S. Lewis "Jack"
Forty-eight years ago, a week before his 65th birthday, a great author and professor died. His name was C.S. Lewis, but many people called him Jack.

I grew up reading the Chronicles of Narnia and loving them. When the movies came out I would get overly excited, more than almost anybody, and spend days waiting for it.

C.S. Lewis died on the same JFK was assassinated, so his death was not widely noticed by the media. He was a great man. And for him, it all started with God.

He became an atheist at age 15, for various reasons. Later, a writer friend J.R.R. Tolkien (author of The Lord of the Rings) told him about Jesus. And eventually he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. In his book, Surpised by Joy he says, "I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England."

I actually think that is pretty cool. He knew God was God, though he didn't like it. He admitted it and was saved.

Years later, he became the first person to walk through the wardrobe into a world called Narnia. He went there before Lucy, before Digory and even before Aslan. And he simply created a place that many children have longed to go to, even me. Through this world, four children, a faun, and a Great Lion, he showed us God's forgiving grace and love. 

In Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Aslan says, "'This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.'" He is speaking of Jesus on Earth. There have been many skeptics about this, saying Aslan could be referring to any "god" or "religion" but I say no, Aslan is Jesus and only Jesus.

A book was published called, C.S. Lewis' Letters to Children. These were responses to children all over the world who wrote to him about his books. On page 52-53, he wrote back to a worried mother. She feared her son loved Aslan more than he loved Jesus. This is C.S. Lewis' response "Laurence can't really love Aslan more than Jesus, even if he feels that's what he is doing. For the things he loves Aslan for doing or saying are simply the things Jesus really did and said. So that when Laurence thinks he is loving Aslan, he is really loving Jesus: and perhaps loving Him more than he ever did before."

Aslan, the Great Lion
 I don't know about you, but right there it tells me plainly that Aslan is Jesus, straight from C.S. Lewis' own words. How awesome is that? Jesus is a Lion! :)

Anyways, C.S. Lewis was a great man, whether you agree with his beliefs, whether you like his books, whether you even knew who he was. When I read his books, I see Christ, I see lessons that Christ would teach. His space trilogy is interesting, because it was written before anyone went into space. His Narnia books are pure adventure and fantasy. (I mean, who wouldn't want to see talking beavers, centaurs, and lampposts growing out of the ground?)

"There is not neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God." -C.S. Lewis

-Jaguar Hero!

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