Aslan knew what He was doing when He offered Himself in the traitor’s place.
He knew that only blood from a willingly poured out life was offered on the altar, there would be no freedom.
Life would stay bound in permanent ice. No true warmth. No hope. Endless cold.
This winter, the area where I live got a long glimpse of the seemingly endless season of ice, cold and snow.
It was enough after five months to leave many Ontarians depressed and longing for spring to come.
But what if like in Narnia, winter never left?
How would you cope?
You may just laugh off that question with the comment, “That is only fiction, this is real life. That could never happen.”
Divorce, traumatic death, sudden job loss, serious illness.
All start like with a day.
Day added to day, adding weeks, to months to seasons to years.
There are some situations that feel like never ending winter.
When our hearts refuse to thaw, afraid to feel loss or pain again.
When we are so lonely in feeling misunderstood, we will betray our family, friends or faith in a blind act…and wish we hadn’t a second too late.
Aslan, or Jesus as we know Him here, knew we would feel stuck in the ice. Depressed, hating ourselves, stuck and unable to break free. At a loss to know what to do.
We don’t need to do anything save ask for His help.
He already did it all.
On the cross, with all our sins the nails that pierced him, it was His love for us and His desire to see us free that kept Him there to die.
Not the enemy’s plan.
God’s plan was set in motion from before our world was formed. The deepest magic as referred to in Narnia. The wild untameable outside our comprehension fantastically extravagant amazing love plan hatched by the Father, fulfilled by the Son as equipped through the Spirit.
It takes faith to strip away what we need to give over and lay at the foot of the cross.
God is who He says He is, as we see through His many names and character traits in the bible.
God did what He said He did- sent Jesus to live and breathe and walk among us.
God loves us as He says He does, not holding His most precious son back but offering Him as an expression of devoted passionate love to those who will accept this gift.
His defeat of what holds us back becomes the gift for all who choose to receive it.
Freedom, forgiveness, a new start.
Redemption, restoration, a new life.
Peace, hope, joy, love, grace, mercy.
Enough to thaw the iciest of heart and set it on fire with an unending flame.
Spring has come.
Winter is over.
Arise, and walk into the new day, new life that is waiting for you.
A new chapter in your story is waiting to be written.
Adventure is calling, and the History Maker is waiting to walk beside you through it all. Come into all that freedom had for you.
The countdown is on.
Victory is on His way.