The Last Battle ends on an extraordinarily poignant note after a great reunion of all the heroes we have seen throughout The Chronicles of Narnia. We don’t know the ultimate end of the story though.
“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.”
I don’t know about you, but I often times think about my life on earth as incredibly important. I think about all of these decisions I make as things of ultimate importance. This passage always reminds me that this is just the beginning for those of us who have put our faith and hope in Jesus Christ.
It is a powerful image because I think I have a nice life. Of course, my life is not perfect, and I don’t expect it to be. I understand that I live in a broken world and that I am a broken person. I make mistakes all the time, and I know that my eternal happiness is fully dependent on the grace of God. Without His grace, eternal happiness could not be mine.
However, even with all of that knowledge, I don’t know that I can fully comprehend what this type of world is like when everything is perfect. When we are in the presence of God and draw our delight from learning more about Him. That really is what makes every chapter better than the one before as CS Lewis wrote.
The more we are with God and the more we appreciate God, the more we are going to discover that we have the opportunity to learn. My finite mind simply can’t make sense of what all of that means, but I know that I am looking forward to something that is even better than the blessed life I am grateful to have here on earth.
On the whole, this is not one of the happier books of the series. The entire first half presents a losing battle where everything seems to be going wrong and ultimately ended in defeat. There is no reason that this should be a happy story except for the fact that Aslan is exactly who he has been saying he was throughout the entire series. He is the joy of those who have faithfully followed him even to the end.
Let’s find our joy as well. Let’s follow God right to the end and receive the reward that is waiting for us. I previously said that I think about my time on earth as incredibly important, but really, one decision is of ultimate importance. What shall I do with this one who is called the Christ? The type of joy I have been talking about through this passage is available when we surrender our lives to Jesus and trust Him for our salvation.
 CS Lewis, “The Last Battle” in The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Book Collection with Bonus Book: Boxen (New York: HarperCollins, 2005), Kindle Locations 14530-14533, Kindle Edition.