Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Chronicles of Heaven, The Lamb and the Transfiguration

CS Lewis' brilliance is manifest in the success of the Chronicles of Narnia before the box office opened this past weekend. 64 million copies sold since his books were published. Lewis' modeled his story after the most successful book ever published (the Bible) and its Hero Par Excellence the "Christos or the Anointed One". The New Testament story of Salvation History as achieved by Christ, the lamb of God, the second person of the Holy Trinity is the Ultimate Epic. The only difference is that this New Testament is not a fantasy but true and Jesus is both Hero and Antihero. Lewis does a masterful job of weaving the Fantasy Epic genre with the Biblical message of Salvation presented by the Bible. The four children figuratively represent the disciples, including the Virgin Mary, who was the First Apostle, Mary and Martha who came to be known as the Apostles to the Apostles upon the Resurrection and informing the men of Jesus' Triumph over death. The Wardrobe or portal to this parallel universe of Narnia is nothing more than a metaphor. A reality that such exists beyond our 3-dimensional world is outlined in Colossians 1:16 - "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him..."

Even the titles given to the children of Narnia mirrors Christ's practice in the New Testament real life Epic. A domineering sister is called "Susan the Gentle," a light hearted child is dubbed "Lucy the Valiant", a terrified elder brother is christened "King Peter the Magnificent, and traitorous brother was given the name "Edmund the Just". In the New Testament two ambitious brothers bucking for preferential status want to to sit on the right and left of Christ in Heaven are dubbed in names they will earn Mark 3:17 - "James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder". Simon the disciple who ran away, cursing and abandoning his Lord becomes the leader of the Apostles and is called Petros(Peter) the Rock for a less than solid dress rehearsal!..
All the disciples including the Virgin Mary, a young girl at the time of the Annunciation, Mary Magdalene, allegedly a prostitute, Matthew, a scorned tax collector, Elizabeth an old woman, and even David in the Old Testament are not the Elites but a cast of misfits. The children of Narnia personify the fact that God's Heroes in the Salvation Epic of the New and Old Testament are really what Academics would call heroes but rather unlikely heroes or Antiheroes for they perform beyond their lowly state. To whom do the Angels announce the Incarnation? The peasants, the shepherds and to whom does the Virgin of Guadalupe appear? A peasant Indian, San Diego. As in Luke Chapter 1 "And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. 48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. 51 He hath showed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. 53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. Indeed Lewis understands well this aspect of the simple people and their importance in shaping history of their powerful role in God's plan of Salvation History. CS Lewis' Heroic Epic captures this reality in the characters of Narnia's children very well indeed.
Mercy, forgiveness, Sacrifice and above all Love are the Weapons that are used to fight the White Witch who represents the Fallen Angel, the personification of Evil.
Certainly the Wardrobe represents the portal or junction between the our Earth and the next World and exist in parallel with our 3 dimensional reality. This truth is depicted in the Bible when the Apostles glimpse the 4th dimension when they saw the Transfigured Christ ( Matthew 17:2 - And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.) Aslan the lion is the Alter Ego of Christos, the Lamb of God, who is all alone in the Pantheon of Epic Heroes. He is the Lord and Savior of the Universe and Aslan, as great a hero as he is but just a sketch, albeit bold, of Jesus Christ, the "King of Kings"!
Well Done CS Lewis, modeling your Chronicle after the "Greatest Story Ever Told" makes you a Master of the Heroic Epic. In so doing you "Confound the Mighty of Hollywood and you fill the Hungry Movie Audience with Good Things"


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