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“Farewell to Shadowlands” is the title of the last chapter of the book The Last Battle, the last book in The Chronicles of Narnia series.  On the last page, C. S. Lewis writes:

“There was  a real railway accident,” said Aslan softly. “Your father and mother and all of you are–as you used to call it in the Shadowlands–dead.  The term is over:  the holidays have begun.  The dream is ended:  this is the morning.”

And as He spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them.  And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after.  But for them it was only the beginning of the real story.  All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page:  now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read:  which goes on forever:  in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

(C. S. Lewis, The Last Battle (HarperCollins: New York, 1956) p. 228.)

Chronicles of Narnia is a work of fiction, but there is a parallel in our lives.  In the last book of the Bible is a passage that reads,

1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

5He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:1-5)

I believe that God has done something special through Jesus Christ.  In his life, death and rising from the grave, Jesus has put in place a new reality.  Now there is more to life than what we see around us in this world.  Our life in this world is only the beginning of an everlasting life with a God who is always with us, who always loves us, who carries our burdens and provides for our needs.  As one of his people in this world, we get to play a part in God’s plan in making all things new.  We get to share his message of life and hope and forgiveness and peace with others.  We get to role up our sleeves and work to make this world a better place.  We share God’s concern for all of his creation, the people and the planet.  And one day, we get to begin “Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read:  which goes on forever:  in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

I hope that you enjoy the site!

James

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5 Responses to About

  1. Aakash Tripathi says:

    I also thought that last paragraph was truly magnificent.

  2. i think the last chapter was the saddest but the coolest among all the other chapters of last battle

  3. Muzi says:

    great!!!!!!!

  4. Mark Powell says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these quotes. Love the link with Revelation 21! May the LORD bless you brother

  5. Mark Powell says:

    Terrific post. Such an encouragement, especially for what is happening at our church right now

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