When C.S. Lewis began writing the Chronicles of Narnia he started with The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. The book began as a picture in his mind that featured a Faun standing in the snow with an umbrella. From that picture eventually the Chronicles of Narnia emerged and Lewis used the character of Aslan to tie it all together.
In Chapters 7-8 we first learn of the character Aslan who is introduced as a somewhat mysterious character, he is described as, “The King,” “The Lord of the Whole Wood,” and “The Son of the Emperor-beyond-the-sea.” He seems to be a Lion who is lord over Narnia.
Lewis, wrote Narnia partly as an allegory? But what is an allegory? If you don’t what that word means you’re not alone, it’s a big word that’s hard to spell. The simplest way to explain it is to say, an allegory is a story that uses fictional characters to tell the story of something that happened or is happening in the real world.
In Narnia, Aslan represents Jesus. He is the true king of Narnia and he overcomes to overthrow evil and the white witch and end the winter. Later on we will see how he defeats the white witch in the same way that Jesus defeated death and rose again, but for now all we need to know is that Aslan represents Jesus.
And each of the four Pevensie children have a different reaction when they hear Aslan’s name for the first. For Peter, Susan, and Lucy, Aslan’s name inspires them and brings them joy and thoughts of happy times. When Edmund hears Aslan’s name he begins to feel terror and dread because he has already come under the influence of the white witch.
Just like the children feel something when they hear the name of Aslan, we should feel the same way as Peter, Susan, and Lucy when we hear the name of Jesus. The Bible talks about how important the name of God is, one of the 10 commandments is to not misuse the name of God.
Today it’s easy to not think about the name of Jesus, we hear it misused all the time, when we say it we often use it to reference something that has happened. But C.S. Lewis is reminding us that we should remember what the name of Jesus stands for, a God who loves us and gave his life for us so that we live forever with him. So next time you use God’s name remember how much it means and say a quick thank you for all that he has given you.
- Why do you think Aslan is a lion?
- Mrs Beaver says that Aslan isn’t safe, is God safe?
- What are a few things you can thank God for today?