The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Spirituality Quotes
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I hope no one who reads this book has been quite as miserable as Susan and Lucy were that night; but if you have been – if you've been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you – you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing was ever going to happen again. At any rate that was how it felt to these two. Hours and hours seemed to go by in this dead calm, and they hardly noticed that they were getting colder and colder. (15.8)
It's important that Aslan (like Jesus) doesn't get resurrected right away. Instead, there is a long period of sorrow and mourning. It may seem cruel to Lucy and Susan to make them think Aslan has died and then, hey presto, whip him back into life. But there is a spiritual value in sorrow that purifies them both and honors Aslan's sacrifice.
"It means," said Aslan, "that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of Time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards." (15.38)
OK, we admit that this sounds like a great big "Ah-HA, gotcha!" to the Witch. Aslan knew a loophole that nobody else did, and it fixed everything! But the spiritual point is that one great sacrifice can atone for someone else's treachery. One victim can stand in for another, and, by doing so, he can free the whole world.
It was such a romp as no one has ever had except in Narnia; and whether it was more like playing with a thunderstorm or playing with a kitten Lucy could never make up her mind. And the funny thing was that when all three finally lay together panting in the sun the girls no longer felt in the least tired or hungry or thirsty. (15.40)
Aslan isn't some joyless, stern ruler – he's playful and loving, too. Narnian spirituality involves enjoying yourself and frolicking in the woods.