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I love the Chronicles of Narnia. As a child I immersed myself in the C.S. Lewis’ series; I was captivated by the tales of the Pevensie children as they entered a magical world full of talking beavers, fauns, centaurs, dwarfs, and white witches. I even though the cheesy BBC version of the books were cool (although the current Disney movies put them to shame).
Lewis had a way of bringing the science fiction into a reality that we all could enjoy and understand. His tales were fanciful yet practical. There’s a great interaction between Aslan the Lion (the Christ-figure in the Narnia stories) and young Lucy Pevensie in chapter 10 of the book, Prince Caspian. Lucy is reunited with the Lord of Narnia and as she embraces him and looks over him she comments, “Aslan, you’re bigger.” “That is because you are older, little one,” answered he. “Not because you are?” she replied. “I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”
Lewis uses the words of a fierce creature to communicate to us something profound about our relationship with Christ. Like Lucy, we should be finding Jesus to be bigger and bigger each year. As each year passes, we should be more in awe of who He is, what He has done on our behalf, and what He is doing in our world. Far too often the Christian life is one of accepting Christ, entering into a safe and comfortable spot in life and then smooth sailing the rest of the way. Yet if the author of Hebrews is correct, then God has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, “whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs” (Hebrews 1:2-4, ESV).
Jesus is the creator of the universe, the radiance of God, the sustainer of all things, the savior of the world, the ruler who sits at the right hand of God, and the superior one who will return one day to display his power forever. In the meanwhile, we are his servants, his stewards, called to live distinctly and faithfully to his calling on our lives. My prayer for you as it is for me is that we continue to be people who live with a big view of Jesus, one that gets bigger and bigger as each year passes.