C.S. Lewis was a masterful storyteller. His Chronicles of Narnia are anything but childish fiction! Sometimes while contemplating Lewis’ fiction, I have to stop and worship God!
My favorite moments of the books have always been when Aslan the lion shows up. I think Lewis does a good job of capturing some of the wonder, awesomeness, reverence, and mystery associated with the glory of Christ through Aslan’s character. He is nothing quite like anyone you or I have ever met on earth. Rather He is both more kind and severe, loving and dangerous…all at the same time. Take a look at how Lewis captures this idea:
“If you are thirsty, you may drink.”
They were the first words she had heard since Scrubb had spoken to her on the edge of the cliff. For a second she stared here and there, wondering who had spoken. Then the voice said again, “If you are thirsty, come and drink,” and of course she remembered what Scrubb had said about animals talking in that other world, and realized that it was the lion speaking. Anyway, she had seen its lips move this time,and the voice was not like a man’s. It was deeper, wilder, and stronger; a sort of heavy, golden voice. It did not make her any less frightened than she had been before, but it made her frightened in rather a different way.
“Are you not thirsty?” said the lion.
“I’m dying of thirst,” said Jill.
“Then drink,” said the lion.
“May I – could I – would you mind going away while I do?” said Jill.
The Lion answered this only by a look and a very low growl. And as Jill gazed at its motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience.
The delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her nearly frantic.
“Will you promise not to – do anything to me, if I do come?” said Jill.
“I make no promise,” said the Lion.
Jill was so thirsty now that, without noticing it, she had come a step nearer.
“Do you eat girls?” she said.
“I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms,” said the Lion. It didn’t say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.
“I daren’t come and drink,” said Jill.
“Then you will die of thirst,” said the Lion.
“Oh dear!” said Jill, coming another step nearer. “I suppose I must go and look for another stream then.”
“There is no other stream,” said the Lion.
It never occurred to Jill to disbelieve the Lion – no one who had seen his stern face could do that – and her mind suddenly made itself up. It was the worst thing she had ever had to do, but she went forward to the stream, knelt down, and began scooping up water in her hand. It was the coldest, most refreshing water she had ever tasted. You didn’t need to drink much of it, for it quenched your thirst at once.
Christ is so awesome. The same John (the disciple whom Jesus loved) who rested his head on Christ’s bosom before the Cross, fell down at His feet as though a dead man, when he saw the glorified Christ face to face on Patmos (see Rev 1:17). Lewis has it right. This awesome Christ is the galaxy breather, who removes cities, swallows empires…and bends down to save the nameless, faceless sinner who cries out to Him. He is in a class all to Himself! Let God be found true though every man remain a liar.