Monday, 20 August 2012

Death can work backwards!

'Gorgeous day in London yesterday, with clear skies and warm temperatures. We were there to join with our daughters to celebrate Hannah's 28th birthday (our baby, surely not 28 years??). Our elder daughter Sarah,  had arranged for us all to go to see The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe performed in a marquee in Kensington Gardena by the 360 theatre. With a purpose built marquee auditorium, circular central stage and 360 degrees special effects.

Here's the trailer



It was a truly stunning performance-you just have to go. But hurry since it closes 9th September.

Of course the story is wonderful and indeed magical. When the great 'lion king', Aslan,  is negotiating with the White Witch  for Edmund's life, he  submits to the deep magic that requires sacrifice for 'treachery'. Aslan's killing on the Stone Table  is performed with terrifying solemnity. But then miraculously (both theatrically and in the context of the story) Aslan returns from the dead. Aslan tells Lucy and Susan (who had tearfully witnessed the killing) of 'deeper magic from before the dawn of time'.
'if a willing victim, who had committed no treachery is killed in a traitor's pace, the table shall crack and death begins to work backwards'

Knowing that C S Lewis was writing as a Christian believer imbues the story with great power. Through his resurrection, Jesus Christ our true Aslan, has opened a portal into eternity, so that all the destruction of death will one day be removed. Death will work backwards and believers in Jesus Christ will experience newness of life in the new heaven and new earth that God has prepared for those who love Him. Heady stuff. But infinitely worth consideration.
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