|Aslan, the King of Narnia|
SPOILER ALERT: If you have never read C.S. Lewis' masterpiece, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, this post-Easter selection may give away much of the story for you :) If you have read it and want to enjoy one of its most precious passages again, then please read on...
Prior to his passion and death, Jesus had told the Twelve and the other disciples that he would indeed suffer and die, but that we would be raised on the third day. After the Resurrection, he asked two of them on the road to Emmaus, "Was it not necessary that the Son of Man should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" (Lk 24:26).
Jesus opened the Scriptures for the two disciples so they could understand everything in the Law, the Prophets and the Psalms which spoke of him--centuries in advance. He unpacked the mystery of a God who so loves the world that he sends his only Son to suffer, die and then rise--for us.
But why was it necessary? In his allegorical adventure of four human children into the magical Land of Narnia, C.S. Lewis circles around this question by presenting Aslan the Lion King as a Christ-figure. In order to defeat the evil Witch who has taken siege of the land, Aslan enlists the help of the human children in support of the forces for good. However, after one of the boys commits treachery and betrays Aslan and the others to the Witch, the law of the land--the Deep Magic--dictates that she has a rightful claim to his life. The traitor must die.