Saturday, 12 July 2008

No One Comes... Except Through Me (John 14:6)

I have been re-reading C.S. Lewis's Narnia series. One of my favourite moments occurs in "The Silver Chair." A young girl, Jill, is thirsty and comes to a stream. But the lion Aslan (the Christ figure in the Narnia stories) lies between her and the stream.
"If you are thirsty, come and drink,... are you not thirsty?" said the lion.
"I'm dying of thirst," said Jill.
"Then drink," said the lion.
"May I -- could I -- would you mind going away while I do?" said Jill.
The lion answered this only by a look and a very low growl. And as Jill gazed at its motionless bilk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience.
The delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her nearly frantic.
"Will you promise not to -- do anything to me, if I do come?" said Jill
"I make no promise, said the Lion.
Jill was so thirsty now that, without noticing it, she had come a step nearer.
"Do you eat girls?" she said
"I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emporers, cities and realms," said the Lion. It didn't say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.
"I daren't come and drink." said Jill
"Then you will die of thirst." said the Lion.
"Oh dear!" said Jill, coming another step nearer. "I suppose I must go and look for another stream then."
"There is no other stream," said the Lion.

There is only one Way, only one Truth, only one Life. No other Name.

Take Care

1 comment:

Jonathan D. Groff said...

That's a great passage. It makes me want to start reading the books to my kids: So maybe I will.