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READ: Psalm 30:4-12

Weeping may endure for a
night, but joy comes in the morning. —Psalm 30:5

Unlike some of my
family—who can’t wait to go downhill skiing—I don’t look forward to
winter. When the first snowflake falls, I immediately start calculating how
many months of Michigan winter are left.

Imagine C. S. Lewis
fictional world of Narnia, where for a hundred years it was always winter.
Cold, wet snow—with no hope of springtime ever arriving to wipe away the
memories of icy temperatures and piles of white stuff. But worst of all, in
Narnia, Christmas never came. Always winter and never Christmas! To me, the
best part of winter is the anticipation, excitement, and wonder of Christmas.
Life is bleak when you have nothing to look forward to.

There are some whose souls
are locked in winter. The hardness of life has frozen their hearts.
Disappointed with life, they find that each day is filled with despair.
“Weeping may endure for a night,” the psalmist tells us, “but joy comes in the
morning” (Ps. 30:5). In the darkest times of our lives, God longs to turn our
“mourning into dancing” (v.11).

David wrote, “In the
multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul” (Ps.
94:19). If you cry out to God in the midst of your “winter,” you can experience
the joy of the Christ of Christmas today. —Cindy
Hess Kasper

Now none but Christ can
satisfy,
None other name for me;
There’s love and life and lasting joy,
Lord Jesus, found in Thee. —McGranahan

Jesus can turn your sorrow
into dancing.

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The
Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Story within the Story

 

The
redemption of Narnia and the end of the evil White Witch’s reign was
prophesied:

 

Wrong
will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,

At
the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,

When
he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,

And
when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.


C.S. L
EWIS IN THE LION , THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

 

*Narnia
is in bondage and held captive under the spell of the evil White Witch. Because
of her spell, it is “always winter and never Christmas.”

 

“Creation
waits in eager expectation…in hope that [it]…will be liberated from its bondage
to

decay
and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.” (Romans 8:19-21)

 

*Edmund
falls under the Witch’s spell. He gives in to pride, selfishness, and greed. He
becomes a

traitor
and he must pay the penalty with his life.

“The
wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23)

 

“Without
the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.” (Hebrews 9:22)

 

*The
only hope for Edmund and Narnia is the Great Lion, Aslan – the Lord of the
Wood, the King of

Beasts,
the Son of The Great Emperor-Beyond-The-Sea.  Only Aslan – the one who created Narnia –

can
now deliver it from the power of the White Witch.

 

Jesus
is called the Lion of Judah, the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Son of God.

(Revelation
5:5, Revelation 19:16)

 

“The
reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” (1 John 3:8)

 

*Aslan
lays down his life for Edmund, taking Edmund’s punishment and dying in his
place.

 

“God
demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ
died for us.”

(Romans
5:8)

 

*In
dying a torturous and agonizing death at the hands of the Witch, Aslan sets
Narnia and Edmund

free.
With his sacrifice, the power of sin and death is broken. With his
resurrection, the Golden Age of Narnia begins. In dying a torturous and
agonizing death on the cross, Jesus set Creation and all humankind free.

 

With
his sacrifice, the power of sin and death is broken. With his resurrection, the
victory is complete.

“Christ
redeemed us from the curse of the law…” (Galatians 3:13)

“God
has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of
the Son

He
loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians
1:13-13)

 

“Death
has been swallowed up in victory.” (1 Corinthians 15:54)

 

*Taken from A Family Guide
To The Lion:

The Witch and The Wardrobe
by Christin Ditchfield

www.crossway.com


C. S.
Lewis:

http://www.amazon.com/Inspirational-Writings-C-S-Lewis/dp/0884863425/sr=1-9/qid=1165132694/ref=sr_1_9/102-3220495-2145742?ie=UTF8&s=books

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