TALKING ANIMALS. LIVING HUMANS
This scene in The Magicians Nephew, takes place shortly after Aslan has sung the creation into being. It illustrates that Jesus would not only have us be ourselves, but be a real self who delights in uncontrived naturalness. Propriety and religion often imply that Godliness is about inhibition and restraint – when it’s not. Godliness is about life without limit.
Jesus came among us to liberate us from every lie that multiplied from the father of lies, whether this be a theological lie or the lies of living that are woven into culture and society.
‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ John 10.10 NIV. Many settle for a half-life or less as though it’s normal life. People who have found a real depth of life are often regarded with suspicion om the treadmill of normalcy.
The thief is not usually overt in sapping life. He does much of it through distraction – by diverting us from the source of living water and providing diluted liquids that either look more practical than our life in the Spirit of Christ. Such distractions are religious enough to distract us from the real thing. The real thing is Christ as you – which makes us a real person and a real society that lives out of life rather than from constructs.
Karl Marx was right when he described religion as an analgesic – the opiate of the people. But any life that not the expression of Christ in us is an opiate and a coma. How sad to come to the end of life and not have lived. Thank God for eternal life. But this future life is not an excuse to be a dead man walking in this life.
The trinity, being three and one, found such joy in being themselves that they decided to make us – human beings to join them in their joy of living. Christ’s spirituality is not all about a way out of misery, not all about weeping about the cross but mainly about living in the unlimited life that flows from the cross – Christ our life.
UNION WITH GOD
The result of Christ in us is not piety. The result is humanity. Humanity is dulled by any kind of separation from God. Humans are energised with spirit and life from being one with God. You have this oneness now. It becomes yours when you believe it’s yours.
NO LONGER DUMB AND WITLESS
Lewis writes, “But one perky jackdaw added in a loud voice, “No fear!” and everyone else had finished just before he said it so that his words came out quite clear in a dead silence; and perhaps you have found out how awful that can be – say, at a party. The Jackdaw became so embarrassed that it hid its head under its wings as if it was going to sleep.
And all the other animals began making various queer noises which are their ways of laughing and which, of course, no one has ever heard in our world. They tried at first to repress it, but Aslan said:
“Laugh and fear not, creatures. Now that you are no longer dumb and witless, you need not always be grave. For jokes as well as justice come in with speech.”
“So they all let themselves go. And there was such merriment that the Jackdaw himself plucked up courage again and perched on the cab-horse’s head, between its ears, clapping its wings, and said: “Aslan! Aslan! Have I made the first joke? Will everybody always be told how I made the first joke?” “No, little friend,” said the Lion. “You have not made the first joke, you have only been the first joke.” Then everyone laughed more than ever; but the Jackdaw didn’t mind and laughed just as loud till the Horse shook its head and the Jackdaw lost its balance and fell off, but remembered its wings (they were still new to it) before it reached the ground.” (1)
‘Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom’ 2 Cor 3.17 NIV. Liberty to be yourself and drink the water of life.
(1) Lewis, C. S.. The Magician’s Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1) (pp. 122-123). HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.