Thursday, October 23, 2003

The De-Dragoning of Eustace

An episode in the life Eustace Clarence Scrubb gives us an insight into forgiveness. Eustace is the obnoxious cousin of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie (The heroes from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe). We first meet him in C.S. Lewis's book The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader" the third book in the Chronicles of Narnia. He starts his adventure in Narnia as an ugly natured brat, always wanting his way and thinking everyone else is against him. During the voyage he is transformed into a dragon. Inside he has been a dragon all along now he is one on the outside too. For the first time in his life he is lonely and realizes how he has acted. He wishes that he could become a boy again. Aslan, the Lion King of Narnia and the son of the Emperor-beyond-the-Sea, appears to him and through the long process of scrapping the dragon skin off, Aslan transforms Eustace back into a boy. Eustace is a new person from then on and becomes the hero of later Narnian books.
As Christians, we have had our ugly, scaly and dirty outsides cleaned off. Like Eustace, it was not our power that washed us of our ugliness but God's power. It was Jesus' death on the cross that cleansed us of our sins. We are no longer self serving brats but we serve others as children of God. We have been de﷓dragoned as well.

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