“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might…For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Ephesians 6:10, 12
“Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” teaches that we “wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness.” In order to overcome the evil in the world, we must first overcome the evil in ourselves.
In the movie, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, and their cousin (Eustace Scrubb) travel to the magical land Narnia. When they arrive, they join the crew of the Dawn Treader. They discover a green mist capturing innocent people. To overcome the mist, the crew must lay down seven swords (e.g. seven deadly sins) on a table before Aslan (e.g. Jesus Christ).
Once they lay down the seventh sword the green mist is dispelled and peace is restored again to Narnia.
The movie, based on C.S. Lewis‘ book series is filled with Christian messages. Here are a few Gospel lessons taught in “Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”
Chronicles of Narnia 3 Gospel lessons
Gospel lesson #1- God watches over us.
Lucy Pevensie: Will you come and visit us in our world?
Aslan: I shall be watching you always.
Lucy Pevensie: How?
Aslan: In your world, I have another name. You must learn to know me by it. That was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.
Gospel lesson #2- Purity helps us overcome evil.
Coriakin: To defeat the darkness out there, you must defeat the darkness inside yourself.
Gospel lesson #3- Our God-given bodies are sacred.
Reepicheep: Unhand the tail. Aslan the Great gave me this tail and no one, repeat, no one, touches the tail. Period, exclamation mark!
Gospel lesson #4- We should be grateful for who we are.
Gael: When I grow up, I want to be just like you.
Lucy Pevensie: When you grow up, you should be just like you.
Gospel lesson #5- We should face opposition with faith.
Reepicheep: No fear! No retreat!
Gospel lesson #6- Never give in to temptation.
King Caspian: Now’s the time to be strong. Never give in.
Gospel lesson #7- Belief fills our life with meaning.
Reepicheep: We have nothing if not belief.
Gospel lesson #8- We should be kind to others.
King Caspian: I want you to know, I think of you as my brother, Ed.
Gospel lesson #9- We overcome sin through repentance.
Edmund Pevensie: So, what was it like… when Aslan changed you back?
Eustace Clarence Scrubb: No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t do it myself. Then he came towards me. It sort of hurt, but… it was a good pain. You know, like when you pull a thorn from your foot.
Gospel lesson #10- All people have great potential.
Reepicheep: You know, extraordinary things happen to extraordinary people.
Gospel lesson #11- We should appreciate all people.
Reepicheep: What a magnificent puzzle you are.
Gospel lesson #12- We should apologize often.
Reepicheep: Sorry about the hand, old boy. I can get a bit overzealous sometimes.
Gospel lesson #13- The devil wants us to be miserable.
Eustace Scrubb: The only consolation is everyone is finally as miserable as I am.
Gospel lesson #14- You are a valuable child of God.
Lucy Pevensie: That was awful.
Aslan: But you chose it, Lucy.
Lucy Pevensie: I didn’t mean to choose all of that. I just wanted to be beautiful like Susan. That’s all.
Aslan: You wished yourself away, and with that, much more. Your brothers and sister wouldn’t know Narnia without you, Lucy. You discovered it first, remember?
Lucy Pevensie: I’m so sorry.
Aslan: You doubt your value. Don’t run from who you are.
Gospel lesson #15- Those who taste Heaven long for it.
Eustace Scrubb: We spoken often of Narnia in the days that followed. When my cousins left after the war ended, I missed them with all my heart, as I know all Narnians will miss them ’til the end of time.
“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”
- C.S. Lewis
Personal Notes: I love the end, when Aslan welcomes Reepicheep into His Country (Heaven). As I reflected on this life and my longings for the next, I cried. I felt love for the Lord and gratitude for the knowledge He’s given me of His reality. As the Pevensie family left Narnia and returned to “real life,” I thought about how we are left in this life to be tested, and only at the end of this life will we return to our heavenly home. I recommend this movie to anyone- it’s filled with symbolism and can be very inspiring.