To this day, I’m not sure how many times second grade me watched and read The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. I remember pretending I wasn’t interested in the book so my mom wouldn’t have the satisfaction of being right that this was indeed a good recommendation – the best book I’d read in all my seven years. (Yes I was that stubborn as a child.) And then I promptly read it five more times in a row against my mom’s suggestion of moving on to other books.

Over ten years have passed since that moment and I honestly am not sure how many times I’ve read the Narnia series – at least three times, if not more for some of the individual books. There was a solid couple years in elementary school where every game of pretend involved the Pevensie children. My cousin, my sisters, and I on our annual summer vacation to the mountains would run around the pine trees with plastic swords and a bow we made of sticks and string pretending to be Peter, Susan, and Lucy (my cousin refused to be Edmund and we didn’t have another boy to play him).


Something over the past week or so reminded my siblings and I of our childhood Narnia obsession and for the first time in years we sat down and watched The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. 

Quite honestly I forgot how much I love that story. And just how full of depth it is. Watching the lamp-post scene with Mr. Tumnus and of course the iconic “For Narnia and for Aslan!” moment gave me all sorts of nostalgia. There was again the colorful camp of Aslan, the majesty of Narnia’s triumph over the White Witch, the humor of the Beavers, the beautiful soundtrack theme, and the glory of that last scene in Cair Paravel. I was surprised to remember just how much the Pevensie siblings bicker in the beginning and how sweet their bond grows by the end. I’d forgotten too, what goosebumps the words “Aslan is on the move” gave me.

At the name of Aslan each one of the children felt something jump in its insides. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt suddenly very brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delicious smell or delightful strain of music had just floated by her. And Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that is is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of summer.

On that note, what I realized most of all was how very timely it was that we watched The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe again the night before Holy Week. This next week is the most important week in all of history – and I do not say that lightly or subjectively. We had been dead in the winter of our sin until the death and resurrection of Jesus. Just as Aslan moved further into Narnia and spring began to come, so as we move further into Holy Week the clearer it is that the Devil never truly was the one with a grip on the world. Just as the Stone Table cracked as the Dark Magic was reversed with Asan’s rise so the stone rolled away from the grave as death was conquered in Jesus’s resurrection.


With the brutal death of Jesus – the death in which he took on all our imperfection – and with his triumphant resurrection we see that Jesus indeed defeated death. For some reason, the Witch’s demand for the blood of the traitor, the sacrifice of Aslan in Edmund’s place, his terrible death on the Stone Table, and then his triumph over the White Witch has always spoken very poignantly to me of all that the Gospel conveys. With the days of the events of Jesus’s last days so near, the story line of Narnia spoke all the more to me of the glorious grace we have in Christ.


All that said friends, we serve a mighty and holy God who is over sin and death. He truly has conquered the grave and demonstrated His wonderful love for us on the cross. There is nothing like this in all of history. The God of all that is, the God whose holiness made Moses’s face to glow upon a glimpse of His back, the God of whom is sung “Holy, holy, holy” in the courts of heaven, the God who is so holy that sin cannot stand in his presence sent His sinless Son to take on our sin.

As Mr. Beaver says of Aslan – “Safe? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe, but he’s good. He’s the King I tell you.”


Considering who He is and all He has done for us, we would do well to praise Him this week and always. In light of all the uncertainty COVID-19 has brought us, we may have certainty beyond all in this life of His salvation. His salvation, his character, my friends, is unfailing and unwavering.

Aslan is on the move.

Let us remember the week that Jesus was on the move to accomplish the means of our salvation.


11 responses to “On Rewatching The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe”

  1. Jess Avatar

    I love this. ❤ It's a good reminder, especially in these times. It's been a while since I've revisited these stories. I'll have to add the Chronicles of Narnia to my corona TBR list. 🙂

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    1. thebookshopbarista Avatar

      Thank you! And yes that corona TBR list keeps getting longer :))

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  2. rachelizabeth Avatar

    Oh my, this story. ❤

    Yes. Aslan is on the move. I forget it when I'm afraid — thank you for repeating that line.

    In addition to the heart encouragement, 😉 this also brought back serious Narnia nostalgia for me, too!! At my house, we had an Edmund predicament, too. 😀 Of us kids, the first 3 are 2 girls and a boy, and we really wanted #4 to be a boy so he could Edmund. #4 was a girl, though, and while I'm definitely glad for that in the long run, it did mean the giant teddy bear had to play Edmund on our adventures. ;P

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    1. thebookshopbarista Avatar

      It warms my heart that this encourages you!

      I’m very familiar with that predicament haha. My other sister was always a character who we made up so she wouldn’t be left out. Usually she was a dwarf or a talking animal of some kind. But we always had to forego Peter unless my older cousin decided to play too. :))

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  3. CM, 2 Tim 1:7, Fdr. of Project Pursue Wisdom Avatar

    I literary just re-watched this!!
    So I REALLY enjoyed this post. I wish they can remake this entire Narniad series with consistent cast and faithful script!

    I just nominated you for my most recent Mystery Blogger Award/Tag! 🙂 Please feel free to participate (or not ;).

    Have a lovely day!!

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    1. thebookshopbarista Avatar

      Neat! And yes an adaptation of the books that’s more faithful would be wonderful! That said though, I do love the movies even though they’re not quite as good as the books.

      Thank you!

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      1. CM, 2 Tim 1:7, Fdr. of Project Pursue Wisdom Avatar

        🙂 Absolute agreement here.

        Oh have you read the original edition series with all the original illustrations? They’re an amazing experience. It’s such a shame most editions today out there are NOT illustrated 😦

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      2. thebookshopbarista Avatar

        I have the illustrated paperbacks! I did read some of the colored ones when I was younger as well. They’re lovely illustrations!

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  4. Lissa Avatar

    How did I miss this post!? Is it okay that I teared up reading this? LWW is one of my absolute favorite movies and books of all times and I believe it always will be. It is one of the most touching and inviting and engulfing stories I’ve ever had the privilege of being immersed in. Each character, each plotline, each quote C.S. Lewis crafted is powerful, and moving, and meaningful. I love the allegory of the story of Jesus, and his love for us and laying down His life because he loves us *that* much.

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    1. thebookshopbarista Avatar

      Ahh now you’re making me cry. I agree 200% my friend. It is such a beautiful portrayal of the gospel.

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