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The Lion, the witch & the wardrobe 

Chapter 10: The Spell Begins to Break 
'“Come on!” cried Mr Beaver, who was almost dancing with delight. “Come and see! This is a nasty knock for the Witch! It looks as if her power is already crumbling.” “What do you mean, Mr Beaver?” panted Peter as they all scrambled up the steep bank of the valley together. “Didn’t I tell you,” answered Mr Beaver, “that she’d made it always winter and never Christmas? Didn’t I tell you? Well, just come and see!” And then they were all at the top and did see. It was a sledge, and it was reindeer with bells on their harness. But they were far bigger than the Witch’s reindeer, and they were not white but brown. And on the sledge sat a person whom everyone knew the moment they set eyes on him.'

In this chapter we see hope - Susan is worried that they have none, because on the snow, the Witch will travel faster than they can. But Mrs Beaver is optimistic - and she’s right to be. After their night in a cave, they see that the Witch's magic is weakening - and the always-winter, never-Christmas spell breaks. Christmas has come! And when (Father) Christmas comes, he brings tools for them to be able to fight - and hope that the Winter will end!

Nowhere is this truer than with the real Christmas - Christmas is when Jesus was born as a man, the Saviour of the World given to us, to give us hope, that the ‘spell’ of sin might be broken.

Listen to what the angel announced at Jesus’ birth: ’Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’ (Luke 2v11) We'll be thinking about that verse this weekend at the Family Carols service - we'd love for you to come along and join us and to find out more! We'll be thinking about similar things at our other Christmas events.

For more information on those events, you can click here. I hope to see you there!

PS - the drink Mrs Beaver hands out (to children, I might add) is definitely Whiskey, right?

Mike Pasquale, 12/12/2019

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The Lion, the witch & the wardrobe 

Chapter 9: In the Witch's House
’In fact I really think he might have given up the whole plan and gone back and owned up and made friends with the others, if he hadn’t happened to say to himself, “When I’m King…”

The first few pages of this chapter are remarkable - CS Lewis demonstrates a wonderful understanding of how sin runs amok in our minds and hearts, to twist our desires, to bury and suppress the truth, to skew reality; and to start small- only to build and build - until we make excuses and justify our actions.

Or the way that sin can be layered, with levels going deeper and deeper under the surface. CS Lewis’ view of sin comes from his reading of the Bible. (If you are interested, another fantastic book by CS Lewis is the Screwtape Letters, where he imagines a senior demon writing letters to instruct a junior demon in how to keep a man’s soul - it’s so illuminating as to the state of our hearts and how the devil keeps them ensnared).

Deep down in Edmund's heart lies that thought: 'When I'm King...' - what an appealing idea! To be in charge of my surroundings, to be in control of my life, to be free to do what I think is best, to be lifted up and respected by others. It sounds great. And the devil knows this. It's his first tactic in the Bible to tempt humans to sin. Look at what he says to Eve in Genesis 3v4&5:

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

You will be like God! You can imagine Adam and Eve thinking similar thoughts to Edmund, can't you: 'When I'm God...'
Underneath all our layers of sin, whatever ways it sprouts in our thoughts and desires and actions, is that same deep down desire, to be like God.  Jesus calls us to repent and believe. Part of repentance is to stop holding onto any shred of a claim that we can be 'King', and to let Jesus, God's chosen King, be King instead.


Mike Pasquale, 09/12/2019

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The Lion, The witch & the wardrobe 

Chapter 8: What Happened After Dinner
The Witch brings a kind of death - to the world with never-ending Winter, and to its inhabitants by turning them into stone. The same death faces the 4 children too - but they cannot do anything to help themselves! Mr & Mrs Beaver explain that only Aslan can help them now.
’”It’s no good, Son of Adam,” said Mr Beaver, “no good your trying, of all people. But now that Aslan is on the move-”’

Paul had a similar realisation to the 4 children concerning his own ‘kind of death’. Although he wasn’t being turned to stone, Paul knew the effects of sin all too well as it wreaked havoc on his heart and mind and soul. Look at what he says in Romans 7v24:
’What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?’

But Paul didn’t need Mr & Mrs Beaver to tell him his very next line:
‘Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!’

Mike Pasquale, 05/12/2019

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