Ian’s Idea – continues

Dear Friends
Back in 2007 we went to Disney World Paris, and we had a really good time. However to get to our destination we had a long car journey. Our 3 children were so much younger then: Amy was 7, Wesley 15 and Joshua was 12. Now those of you who have children will know that being in a car with kids for even a short period of time can be difficult. So we decided to listen to the Chronicles of Narnia during our long journey, there and back, which I have to say really helped pass the time for everyone, so much so that when we stopped to have lunch the kids could not wait to get back in the car to hear the rest of the story.

The Author of the Chronicles of Narnia, C S Lewis, was a Christian theologian and he set out to write books that would communicate Christian ideals and principals to his generation which resulted in a number of fictional and non-fiction books; some of the most famous are “Chronicles of Narnia” of which “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” was one, and I am sure that most of you reading this article will have read that book or have seen the movie.
Now in this story (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) Narnia is a land where it was always winter but never Christmas. The reason for this was because the White Witch had put a curse on the land of Narnia, and as a result Christmas never arrived. What a horrible curse, and from a child’s perspective the worst of dilemmas! To endure cold and not even have the celebration of Christmas to look forward to! However all is not lost and about half way through the book Christmas finally comes. What is more, Father Christmas gives each of the children who are the main characters gifts to prepare them for the battle against the White Witch, and it is from that point on that the Witch’s curse on Narnia grows weaker and weaker. In the end spring comes and the curse is broken, but it is at the point when Christmas arrives that the curse begins to break.
Now as I said at the start of this article, C S Lewis was a theologian and the Land of Narnia is really a metaphor for our spiritual situation in this age. C S Lewis as a Christian believed that, just as the White Witch had put a curse on Narnia, so the Devil has (with a little bit of help from Adam and Eve) put a curse upon our world and that curse he believed is called sin. I, like C S Lewis, believe that sin has frozen this world into a dark and cold spiritual winter, and if you don’t believe me just turn on the news, and you will see a lot of evidence of how evil and sinful our world has become; in fact it feels like things are getting colder these days.
However, all is not lost because, as in the story of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, God has begun to break that curse of sin, which also began at Christmas time. And he did this by sending Jesus to live among the sons of Adam and the daughters of Eve, and like in the C S Lewis book He has begun to thaw the human race. The curse of sin was and is being lifted one life at a time. And it all began with the arrival of Christmas.
It may feel like it is getting colder and darker outside, but inside there is light and warmth. I am not talking about the weather or the temperature of your homes during the winter time. I am talking about the spiritual state of the world and Jesus Christ. I believe that in Christ there is light and warmth, while outside of him there is only cold and darkness. At Christmas time we as Christians celebrate that God sent light and forgiveness into the world in the form of Christ. All our bible readings, carols, prayers, the lighting of candles (which remind us that Jesus is the light of the world) and all the talks that will be given will reflect this, which of course is what Christmas is really all about.
So, whether or not you are a Christian, why not pop along to one of our many Christmas services within the benefice and hear the real reason for the season! Come celebrate with us the birth of Christ and how he can break the curse of sin in our lives and in the world if only we would let him. So at this wonderful time of year go in the power of the Holy Spirit – Christmas has come and the long winter of sin is ending. Christ is born! Alleluia!
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you all.