The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
Chapter 17: The Hunting of the White Stag
'“Does he know,” whispered Lucy to Susan, “what Aslan did for him? Does he know what the arrangement with the Witch really was?”
“Hush! No. Of course not,” said Susan.
“Oughtn’t he to be told?” said Lucy.
“Oh, surely not,” said Susan. “It would be too awful for him. Think how you’d feel if you were he.”
“All the same I think he ought to know,” said Lucy. But at that moment they were interrupted.'
The end! What an adventure. The children tumble out of the wardrobe, back to our world. And so do we - but what should we take with us? The story of Aslan is made-up - but it’s told to help us understand a true story - the story of Jesus, who died in our place, so that we could be saved. The girls debate whether to tell Edmund what Aslan had done for him - well the disciples who saw Jesus die for us did write it down, so that we could know, and believe.
For example, Paul writes it down for us in 1 Corinthians 15:
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
It is good to know what Jesus has done for you. It might make you feel a little terrible to recognise yourself as a sinner - but if it's the truth, you ought to know it! Paul himself says he does not deserve to be saved the way he was, but 'by the grace of God' he is saved. That's the 'good news' of the gospel!
If you already know this, then maybe you have an inner Susan and an inner Lucy that debate whether you should tell others around you. It might seem like it would be awful for someone to hear! It might seem like it might be awful for you to tell someone! But I hope your inner Lucy wins out: All the same, they ought to know!
That's it for the Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe! I hope you enjoyed reading it with me. Look out for more from 'Mike's Book Club' in the future!