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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Unbroken Love from A Broken Heart

By Christopher Lau

We finally watched The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The movie was on in Sibu the day before we left for Singapore. Mummy said we could watch it in Singapore. Upon arriving Singapore, we realized that the movie would only be on 22nd December. By then, we have returned home. So, we still watched the movie in Sibu.

However, we had the opportunity to walk through the wardrobe and experience the magic of Narnia in Singapore. We were on our way to Borders Bookshop when we passed by the stage set up by Focus on Family at Orchard Road.

The four scenes were Lucy’s first encounter with the Faun; Walk through the white witch’s castle; Gather clues in Mr & Mrs Beaver’s kitchen and Prepare for Battle in Aslan’s Camp.

I even acted as one of the wounded soldiers in preparing the battle in Aslan’s Camp. It was fun. At the white witch’s castle, I was quite uneasy being “scolded and chased out”!

The next day I even found out the secret of my doctor. He went through the wardrobe also. I knew it because he did not clean the stamp on his hand properly. I wonder if he was scolded and chased out also at the White Witch’s Castle.

Watching Narnia is a wonderful adventure. I imagine myself to be one of four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. The four children discovered a world with talking animals. A great lion, Aslan, rules in majesty. It roars in triumph. Each time Aslan roars, I am a little scare. The children in the movie also tremble. But, they find hope in the loving roar of Aslan. Aslan submits to being put death by the evil characters controlled by the White Witch. However, at last the Kingdom of Narnia is freed. Winter goes. Springtime arrives.

I told my mummy that my heart melt when Aslan dies for Edmund. It is like the death of Jesus for you and me and all mankind.

What a friend we have in Jesus!

From a childlike adult – Yan

Narnia is a captivating fantasy. Like little Chris, I also went through the wardrobe of “Focus on Family”. I like the gathering of clues in Mr & Mrs Beaver’s Kitchen. There is a conversation often quoted by speakers –

“Ooh!” said Susan, “Is he – quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”

“That you will, dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs Beaver. “If there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”

“Then he isn’t safe?” asked Lucy.

“Safe?” said Mr Beaver, “Don’t you hear what Mrs Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

I like Lucy. She is so pure. The Bible says, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humble himself like this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”

In the Narnia adventures, Aslan is a powerful, unpredictable, remarkable lion. But Aslan is not a tame lion. He is not, in fact, tamable. He is unchallenged and unchallengeable. Following Him, it is always an adventure. We can never know ahead of time what encounters He has in store for us.

Narnia is a world of friends and enemies, battles and betrayals, sacrifices and a promise to become a king and queen. How could C.S. Lewis used such world filled with battles and betrayals to effectively show the significant metaphors of God’s Love – having the faith of a child, sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, His resurrection from the dead resulting in salvation for sinners?

C.S. Lewis’ life was told in the book, “Images of His world”. Keys to his life were long walks in the country side alone, hour after hour. He got all his fantastic insight into the mind of God and the way He works through this time. He walked and talked to God. He walked in fellowship with God.

C.S. Lewis, undoubtedly, did a wonderful job of capturing what hope is about in the Bible. The four children go to Narnia and become kings and queens there. They returned to the real world and grow up. Three of them remembered that they were once upon a time kings and queen in Narnia. They remembered the life of joy, beauty and friendship and being given honour and authority. Their life were forever changed by their memories and experiences. Susan could not remember. To her, it was a mere child’s tale, and it ceased to persuade her. Susan, like many of us, is overtaken by the things of this world.

Imagine the anguish that a loving heart can experience? It is the pain of estrangement, the paths of longing to love someone, yet having its love manipulated, resisted, taken advantage of, or totally rejected.

But, He has not given up – His love is unbroken though His heart is broken.

Think about His love, think about His goodness
Think about His grace that’s brought us through
For as high as the heavens above
So great is the measure of our Father’s love
Great is the measure of our Father’s love

"Some people come into our lives and quickly leave, but others stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same." From the way little Chris’ heart melts with C.S. Lewis’ metaphors of Christ dying for us, one of those sets of footprints that leave in our children’s heart belongs to C.S. Lewis.

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