Daily Word of Grace # 130 (September 14, 2020)
In C. S. Lewis’ classic children’s book series The Chronicles of Narnia Aslan the lion is the Christ-like figure. At the end of the seventh and final volume, The Last Battle, Edmund and Lucy, after they and their family perished in an accident, find themselves in heaven. There they see Aslan, who tells them, “There was a real railway accident…Your father and mother and all of you are…dead.” But then Aslan reassures them, “The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.” Lewis then concludes, “And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.” Along these lines in his First Letter to the Corinthians the Apostle Paul wrote about “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). And in heaven, Jesus Christ, the Real Aslan of the Great Story will be there to personally wipe away every tear from your eyes (Revelation 21:4).
Love and Prayers,