When Lucy Pevensie steps through the wardrobe into the enchanted world of Narnia, the first creature she meets is a faun by the name of Mr. Tumnus. We can only imagine what it would have been like for a little girl to meet a being who is half man, half goat. In their initial conversation, Lucy’s new friend utters words that are central to the entire story:
“It is winter in Narnia,” said Mr. Tumnus, “and has been for ever so long ... always winter, but never Christmas.”
What unfolds in the pages of this wonderful tale surrounds that very sentiment – what would it be like to live in a world in which it was always winter, but Christmas never came.
This is C.S. Lewis’ brilliant allegory of the world in which Jesus came 2000 years ago. A world dark, cold, and brutal – a world in which there was no joy, no peace, no hope, and no salvation. We all know what happened. Christmas did come – Jesus was born – and everything changed.
This December, in conjunction with our outreach production, our Sunday morning sermons will focus on this central theme of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. We will focus on the amazing good news that the birth of Jesus brings to the dark, cold, and brutal world in which we live. As the angel said to the shepherds on that night long ago, “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy”. This is news we all need to hear. This is news all our friends and neighbors need to hear. Be sure to invite your friends and be in one of our four worship services each Sunday in December as we celebrate the good news of Christmas.