Bear It Well

What I love about the Chronicles of Narnia is the deep truths told through symbolism and entertaining stories.  As many people know, Aslan is the God figure.  I recently finished The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; in this book, Aslan lays himself upon the Stone Table to pour out his blood for the sake of the traitor Edmund. The redemptive tale alone is powerful, but my eyes were rather caught by Edmund.  After Edmund realized how misguided he was about the “Queen of Narnia,” he was thankfully rescued by Aslan’s men.  Edmund met Aslan and had a talk with him, and, “it was a conversation which Edmund never forgot.”

Imagine with me for a moment that you are Edmund.  You taste something so sweet and wonderful that you must have more.  You crave it.  It begins to entice you and call you; everything else is bland and not worth your time in comparison.  You are filled with false hope and ideas.  When you begin to walk towards that, it turns on you.  It drags you to places you don’t want to go and even attempts to kill you.  Then, when you think you are going to die, when you think you are completely wrong and wish you had never done what you have, an army races in to capture you–and army of the King. Then, knowing what you have done, knowing how you have betrayed everyone you love, knowing how low you have stooped, how worthless you are, you meet the King. You hear his loving rebuke and beckoning for your devotion.  You have all you can do to not fall on your face and weep.  When the King speaks to you, it is a conversation you never forget! And then, eventually, you put the pieces together to realize the only reason you are free is because this King laid down his life… for you!

It really isn’t all that far off is it? Edmund is all of us. Sin is to us as Turkish delight to Edmund.  It entices us and looks, even tastes delicious in the moment but fills us with queer feelings afterward.  It pushes us to go to places we do not belong, just as it caused Edmund to betray his family and go straight to the White Witch. When we are caught in its snare, it drags us along, just as Edmund was dragged along as the curse was being broken.  Sin always leads to death, sometimes physically, but always spiritually.  In the same sense, Edmund was about to be killed by the White Witch when Aslan’s army came to the rescue just in time.  In the same way, God invades our situation, fights for us, and calls us to come with Him.  He talks to us, reminds us of His love, corrects us.  We don’t forget that feeling.  And the cherry on top of it all is that God sent His only Son, Jesus, to die in our place, just like Aslan died in the place of Edmund. It is by this act alone that our freedom is purchased! Edmund is the symbol of every Christian, the testimony of what every Christian has come from, regardless of your story. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

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Though I am not Calvinist and I do not believe in a “once saved, always saved” theology, I found this quote that I wish to comment on very interesting. After the war was won, the children were crowned kings and queens of Narnia.  Aslan says to them, “Once a king or queen in Narnia, always a king or queen. Bear it well, Sons of Adam! Bear it well, Daughters of Eve!” I know of people who have been welcomed into the kingdom of God, lived powerful lives, and walked away from it all.  I am not writing this post to debate this topic.  But I tend to agree that when you come to a true understanding of your position, your inheritance, your freedom in Christ, a resolve is placed deep in your soul to never give up on God! We are sons and daughters of the king, a royal priesthood, heirs with Christ with the promise of heaven.  As long as we are serving God, that is always ours.  We are bearing the name of Christ, which was made possible at a costly price. And I close heeding you as Aslan did, “Bear it well, Sons of Adam! Bear it well, Daughters of Eve!”

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