I woke up early on 11th February 2020 and did my usual chores–123 things, sat down and started wondering what I would do for the remaining part of the day. I guess because I am always used to having my hands busy with several activities I kinda felt idle; I was constantly restless going back and forth to and fro the kitchen wondering what to do. I think there should be a name for this type of anxious behavior– (where you are anxious for not having work to do) Eventually my sister told me I need to sit down and watch a movie. (Like it hadn’t occurred to me, really Agnes, really! –I legit do not understand at times what happened to some of my interests)
My sister told me “you need to plan to be lazy” I was like huh? How do you plan to be lazy? She said “yeah, sit down on the couch and binge watch a series or something–no working or chores”
So I decided to follow Dr. Sister’s advise. Plus it had been a long while and I mean looooong while since I binged watched anything.
I got the Chronicles of Narnia movie series, googled it’s genre and finally decided this is it Agnes.
Now, I previously had heard the hype about these movie series but I never watched them when everyone was talking about them– for some reason whenever something is trending I tend to move away from it and enjoy it three years later after the hype is gone.
So this sit back and relax as I journey you through
The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
(warning ⚠ spoiler alert) in case you need to watch or read the books first please do, I will reveal some major plots of the story.
I wish you could have seen my emotions while watching the movie. They were all over the place and I do not mean crying, laughing and the like. I mean intrigue — Like this movie had deep allegorical typologies to events in the Bible that had me mind blown for sure. I had to google the writer of the original books to find that C.S.Lewis is the master-creator and brilliant mind behind the magnificent 20th Century work. I was able to connect so many dots with the reviews that had similar conclusions as mine.
These are my four strong thoughts while unraveling the movie. There are others but I found these to be my biggest revelations for the movie:
- The ability of animals to coexist with human beings came out so strongly for me and I thought of how God created the world in the beginning–man and animals lived together peacefully and also adding to the vision of prophet Isaiah.
Isaiah 11:6-9 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.”
- The prophecy that there would arise human kings and queens who would come into the Kingdom of Narnia and rule the Narnian Kingdom by ordination of the Great Lion King Aslan and save them from the wicked witch who had terrorized their lands and killed narnians for almost 100 years.
1 Samuel 12:13-14 “Now here is the king you have chosen, the one you asked for; see, the LORD has set a king over you. If you fear the LORD and serve and obey him and do not rebel against his commands, and if both you and the king who reigns over you follow the LORD your God– good!”
- Aslan-The Lion King, one who lived in the beginning of days in Narnia– also among the law makers of Narnia. The depiction of good and high wisdom. I was able to construe the way he would advise the kings and queens on matters of war, peace, the law, leadership and conflicts. He also had the power to bring dead narnians back to life. The Lion for me took the symbolism of Christ in this film. The Bible refers to Jesus as the Lion of Judah. What had me so intrigued was learning that according to the ancient Narnia laws, it was written that anyone who was proven to be a traitor or a betrayer, their life was bound to the witch to death and it was only her’s to take. If she was denied this sacrifice, Narnia would be destroyed in entirety. Now it happened one of the young boy kings was tricked by the witch and he betrayed his brother and sisters and as a result, he was condemned to this sad fate. The boy was very remorseful about his actions but the law was the law. The Lion King Aslan struck a deal with the white witch to spare the boy’s life and in exchange he would die in his place. Now, this is the most interesting part– This sacrifice to die in place of another was to be carried on an ancient table stone that had ancient narnian law inscriptions on them. As Aslan walked to his death, all the witch’s companions kept taunting him, calling him ‘the great Lion who saved others’, mocking him saying ‘little kitty kitty, do you want some milk?’ The white witch kills Aslan on the tablet stone as his two friends (queens) watch this horror from a far. The white witch and his companions celebrate his death and declare war on the remaining narnians who have pledged allegiance to Aslan. They set out to prepare for battle and Aslan’s friends who were hiding in the bushes come to weep over his body and stay by him the whole night.
- When dawn breaks, they decide to go back to their friends and help in battle since there isn’t much they can do for Aslan. Just as they are leaving, the tablet stone breaks into half and behold! There is the great and mighty Aslan and his countenance beams by the sunshine. Alive! The young queens burst into happiness yet cannot believe what they see. How is it possible? And Aslan explains to them the meaning of the inscriptions on the stone tablet. “If a willing Victim that has committed no treachery is killed in a traitor’s stead, the Stone Table will crack; and even death itself would turn backwards.“
According to the gospels in the Bible, when Christ dies, the world experiences the darkest hours in all human history. His death is a horror orchestrated by sons of men, creation itself refuses to witness this horrendous act and the sun is bloated out. Jesus dies for the sake of the sins of men, like a lamb innocently slain, no wrong on his record but bears the sins of the whole world. On the third day of his death, Jesus resurrects from the dead. His resurrection is a new covenant and new life to all those who believe.
Aslan goes to help the Narnian’s in battle and of course as you guessed, they win the battle and he himself kills the witch and all her evil companions. Narnia is restored to its former glory and there is peace once more.
“Revelation 12:9 The great dragon was hurled down– that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”
- When the four chosen kings enter Narnia they are all young children –below 13 years, they soon grow older and older as years go by during their rule in Narnia, however, when they leave Narnia and came back to human world (earth) return to their young ages. This symbolizes that a whole millennium(1000 years) in Narnia could constitute 2 days or less in the human world.
“Psalms 90:4 For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.”
Such a powerful allegorical story, filled with meaning, love, truth, the realities of life, matters of the heart and deep lessons. I mean this is just the first series and I so excited that I am wondering how I will begin writing the second series which was also one-of-a-kind.
Evil is only overcome by love.