In C.S. Lewis’s famous book, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, there is a remarkable scene where the evil White Witch killed the powerful Lion named Aslan. Aslan had willingly surrendered himself to the Witch. She and her minions had bound, ridiculed and humiliated the Lion and she had personally killed him by plunging a dagger into his heart.
The wicked Witch had killed the mighty Aslan. She had won, he had lost – or so it seemed. Aslan’s friends had witnessed his execution from afar. They had embraced his cold, dead body. They wept as they walked away knowing their friend and leader was dead.
However, moments later the stone table where Aslan had been killed was shattered and Aslan’s body vanishes. Those who witnessed his death are confused. What happened? What does this mean? Where did Aslan go?
To their amazement, Aslan reappears alive. He is no longer dead – he is alive again. His followers are stunned. But, there he is alive again. They not only saw him with their eyes, but they could also touch him with their hands and talk with him and hear him speak. He was really was alive again!
As C. S. Lewis continues his story, the forces of good and evil find themselves in a fierce battle. The White Witch leads her army in battle against the followers of Aslan. The Witch’s forces are winning and things look bleak for Aslan’s army. But, suddenly Aslan arrives at the scene of the battle bringing reinforcements.
When the White Witch sees the powerful Lion, Aslan, she says in disbelief – “Impossible”! This can’t be the great Lion Aslan. She had personally thrust the dagger into his heart. She saw him die. She knew he was dead. How can he be alive again? It is “Impossible”!
Many people may not realize that the reason Christians celebrate Easter is to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. All of the biblical writers provide detailed accounts of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. These events are the foundation of the Christian faith. You can read them for yourself in New Testmanet books like Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20-21.
For some people, the idea that a dead man could come back to life seems unlikely if not impossible. Why would intelligent, educated people believe a story like that? How can someone believe in something that seems impossible? There are no photographs. There is no DNA evidence to examine. Why do millions of Christians around the world believe in the literal, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ?
I would like to share with you in my next article why I believe that Jesus really did rise from the dead. There are a number of reasons that His resurrection is not only possible but probable. I hope you will dust off your Bible and take time to read one or more of the chapters listed above. Examine the details carefully.
I look forward to sharing more of my thoughts with you in my next article. Easter is coming in only a few weeks. I hope you will make plans now to attend a church near you on Easter Sunday.
Pastor Mark Hopper
Efree Church of Diamond Bar
3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd
Sunday Services: 9:00 & 10:45 AM