the theme

"...The Lion of the tribe of Juda..." ~Revelation 5:5


Salvation pictured in Narnia...and not so obvious...

The other day I was thinking about The Silver Chair.

After some contemplation, I began to think about Jill Pole's first meeting with Aslan. have you ever thought how this is a picture of salvation?

yes. Edmund and Eustace are more obvious, but Jill has one too! Think of it...

She's done things wrong. Life is hateful, a friend, who has already had this conversion, reaches out to her and leads her to the source of salvation. But she does not yet fully believe.

Only after she is confronted with her sin, by Aslan in Aslan's country, does she truly see that she has done wrong.


  • Aslan offers her water for her thirst
  • listen to this part of their conversation:
"Are you not thirsty?" said the Lion. {note that lion is capitalized}
"I'm dying of thirst," said Jill.
"Then drink," said the Lion.
  • Jill is then required to take decisive action- stepping out on faith and desperation alone. She, of course, chooses to drink. Please notice how the water is described:

It was the worst thing she had to do, but she went forward to the stream, knelt down, and began scooping up water in her hand. It was the coldest, most refreshing water she had ever tasted. You didn't need to drink much of it, for it quenched your thirst at once.

  • Once she realizes she was wrong in the things that she had done, and comes to faith in the Lion, Jill is given a task, which becomes the base of the book. Jill has been forgiven, and later makes right with Eustace, the one she had wronged. 
  • I love this line near the end of the book.
"I have come," said a deep voice behind them. They turned and saw the Lion Himself, so bright and real and strong that everything else began at one to look pale and shadowy compared with him. And...Jill...remembered only how she had made Eustace fall over the cliff, and how she had helped to muff nearly all the signs, and about all the snappings and quarrelings. And she wanted to say "I'm sorry" but she could not speak. Then the Lion drew them toward him with his eyes, and bent down and touched their pale faces with his tongue, and said: "Think of that no more. I will not always be scolding."
Again, we see the beautiful description of Aslan as our great Saviour, Jesus Christ!



Stephanie said...

So true...


Kyrie said...

Thank you for sharing this, Susan! One of the reasons I love the Narnia stories so much is for all the Biblical lessons they teach. Actually, these you mentioned in this post were some I'd never noticed before; thank you for pointing them out!
I really enjoyed this post!