In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis wrote a magnificent passage illustrating [Dostoyevsky’s portrayal Jesus in Isaiah 53]. Aslan, the lion, is a figure of Christ. One of the children, Edmond, had betrayed Aslan and endangered his siblings by selling out to the wicked witch, the Queen of Narnia, who had seduced him by offering him a taste of turkish delight. By the terms of the law, that betrayal merited Edmond’s death There was only one way to save Edmund: Aslan must be delivered into the hands of the queen, which had been the real objective in her scheme all along.
Quietly and without resistance, the more powerful Aslan submits to the queen’s demands. After he was humiliated, he was bound to a table of stone, which represented the law, and killed. Edmond’s sisters, Lucy and Susan, were totally despondent as they grieved over their friend. Suddenly, Aslan appeared before them, triumphantly over death. “What does it all mean?” they wondered.
Lewis, at this point in the story, makes this brilliant observation.
“It means,” said Aslan, “that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge only goes back to the dawn of Time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.”
That incantation that Lewis speaks of is the prior will of God, that He who knew no sin would willingly lay down His life to pay the price of sin. The Word of God, as promised, was fulfilled.
“…The book of life [belongs] to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.”
Source: Zacharias, Ravi K. “When God Was Silent.” Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message. Nashville, TN: Word Pub., 2000. 157. Print. [quoting C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (New York: Collier Books), 159-60.]