Lenten Journey Day 29 – Encountering Aslan  

As you will read below, Lewis’s intent was not that Aslan and Jesus would be an allegory, rather for it to be a supposal. It’s a beautiful story that can be enjoyed by all ages. If you have not read the series, I highly recommend reading them. If you prefer the visual you can always watch the movie; however, the exciting part of reading is that you can use your own imagination to see Narnia. Aslan is the Jesus is his world! Aslan and Jesus, as explained by Lewis and found at narniweb.comSupposedly, there’s a supposal Although Lewis makes it clear that “The Chronicles of Narnia” isn’t an allegory, he doesn’t deny that some symbolism was written into the series. But, to understand his approach, you need to recognize that Lewis differentiates alle- gory from something he calls supposal. In a December 1959 letter to a young girl named Sophia Storr, he explains the difference (emphasis mine): I don’t say. ‘Let us represent Christ as Aslan.’ I say, ‘Supposing there was a world like Narnia, and supposing, like ours, it needed redemption, let us imagine what sort of Incarnation and Passion and Resurrection Christ would have there.’ Allegory and supposal aren’t identical devices, according to Lewis, because they deal with what’s real and what’s unreal quite differently. In an allegory, the ideas, concepts, and even people being expressed are true, but the characters are make-believe. They always behave in a way reflective of the underlying con- cepts they’re representing. A supposal is much different; the fictional character becomes “real” within the imaginary world, taking on a life of its own and adapting to the make-believe world as necessary. If, for example, you accept the supposal of Aslan as true, then Lewis says, He would really have been a physical object in that world as He was in Palestine, and His death on the Stone Table would have been a physical event no less than his death on Calvary.” 
2 Corinthians 5:14-21 “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Psalm 40:1-5 “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.”

~Blessings and Peace~

The reference story for this devotional is “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe-Chapter 16 What Happened About The Statutes.” Below is a video of this chapter, I hope you enjoy it.

For the complete movie 🎥 presented by the BBC see below.