It can be hard to imagine how the meaning of the resurrection of Jesus would have begun to roll out to those first disciples in that ancient world. It was something between a slow dawning and a layered understanding that had only a little time to connect between each dot of revelation. This week we will look at how the resurrection was revealed to some of the people, how they responded and what they began to understand.
To begin, I invite us to read C.S. Lewis’s account of the resurrection in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. In finding a way to try and describe the resurrection of Jesus to children, Lewis impacts adults as well. Can we receive the resurrection revelation as children on this first day? Oh Spirit, give us child like hearts.
Day One of Week Four: Receiving the Resurrection Like a Child
Aslan’s Resurrection – C.S. Lewis
The rising of the sun had made everything look so different – all the colours and shadows were changed – that for a moment they didn’t see the important thing. Then they did. The Stone Table was broken into two pieces by a great crack that ran down it from end to end, and there was no Aslan.
“Oh, oh, oh!” cried the two girls rushing back to the Table.
“Oh, it’s too bad,” sobbed Lucy, “they might have left the body alone.”
“Who’s done it?” cried Susan. “What does it mean? Is it more magic?”
“Yes!” said a great voice behind their backs. “It is more magic.” They looked round. There, shining the sunrise, larger than they had seen him before, shaking his mane (for it had apparently grown again) stood Aslan himself.
“Oh, Aslan!” cried both the children, staring up at him, almost as much frightened as they wer glad.
“Aren’t you dead then, dear Aslan?” said Lucy.
“Not now,” said Aslan.
“You’re not – not a - ?” asked Susan in a shaky voice. She couldn’t bring herself to say the word host.
Aslan stooped his golden head and licked her forehead. The warmth of his breath and a rich sort of smell that seemed to hang about his hair came all over her.
“Do I look it?” he said.
“Oh, you’re real, you’re real! Oh, Aslan!” cried Lucy and both girls flung themselves upon him and covered him with kisses.
“But what does it all mean?” asked Susan when they were somewhat calmer.
“It means,” said, Aslan, “that although 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. And now – “
“Oh yes. Now?” said Lucy jumping and clapping her hands.
“Oh, children,” said the Lion, “I feel my strength coming back to me. Oh, children, catch me if you!” He stood for a second, his eyes very bright, his limbs quivering, lashing himself with his tail. Then he made a leap high over their heads and landed on the other of the Table. Laughing, though she didn’t know why, Lucy scrambled over it to reach him. Aslan leaped again. A mad chase began. Round and round the hill-top he led them, now hopelessly out of their reach, now letting them almost catch his tail, now diving between them, now tossing them in the air wit his huge and beautifully velveted paws and catching them again, and now stopping unexpectedly so that all three of them rolled over together in a happy laughing heap of fur and arms and legs. It was such a romp as no one has ever had except in Narnia; and whether it was like playing with a thunderstorm or playing with a kitten Lucy could never make up her mind.
If you would like a visual, you can check out the utube video. A head’s up though, they don’t put the delightful romp of joy in the movie.
Utube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldONnOsHOOQ
Take the questions from Lucy and Susan and spend time with Jesus in inagminative prayer with the questions.
“Who’s done it?” “What does it mean? Is it more magic?” “You’re not a --- (ghost)? “But what does it all mean?”
“Are you dead then, dear Aslan?” “Now? (What now?)”