Aslan and Jesus were both the sons of powerful beings. Aslan is the Son of the Emperor Over the Sea as Jesus is the Son Of God Creator of the Universe. Aslan was portrayed as a lion and ruled the land of Narnia. Similarly, Christ is often referred to as a lion and lived in the town of Nazareth. Aslan sacrificed himself so Edmund, one of the children, could be spared. Edmund was supposed to be killed by the Witch, even though he betrayed Aslan. Aslan gave himself so Edmund could be saved. Likewise, Jesus sacrificed his own life so that mankind could receive salvation.
Another similarity between the two texts can be seen when both Aslan and Jesus are preparing to be sacrificed. While Jesus was on the cross he was tortured and humiliated by the Roman Soldiers, and had a crown of thorns on his head. Similarly, in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, the Witch’s followers cut off Aslan’s mane and make fun of him. Aslan was bound and put on a stone table and a muzzle was put over his mouth.
After Aslan died the two children who loved him dearly, Lucy and Susan, stayed behind to bury him properly. After seeing more than they could bear, they turned away from Aslan. After hearing a noise, they turned back around and discovered the stone table cracked and Aslan missing. They heard a voice and when they turned around they saw Aslan resurrected. Similarly, a woman who loved and adored Jesus, Mary Magdalene, was at his killing. When she went to visit his tomb three days later, she found the stone in front of it moved and the tomb empty. Later, Mary Magdalene found Jesus alive and well.
Jesus died for all our sins. Aslan, the character in C.S. Lewis’s book, is depicted as full of love and forgiveness, just like Jesus. Jesus loves everyone: even those that have betrayed him. Further, Aslan forgave Edmund just as Jesus forgave those that betrayed Him. In short, many similarities can be drawn between Aslan and Jesus, making this just one the many parallels that connect C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe with The Bible.
Some people say these are all coincidences. But as I watch these movies I can see Jesus being described in a very different and creative way.