In Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis, a small remnant of Narnian creatures eagerly await deliverance from the foreign oppressors who conquered their ancestors. These true believers have been driven underground for hundreds of years, during the occupation of their homeland.
Some begin to lose hope that they will ever be free again. When their savior, the great Lion Aslan does not appear immediately in response to their desperate appeals, Nikabrik questions the truth of the old stories. He suggests that perhaps Aslan never really rose from the dead and that much of what the Narnians have believed is nothing more than myth or fairy tale.
Ever since the cross, unbelievers have brought those same accusations against Christians. Matthew 28:11-15 tells us how the soldiers who witnessed Jesus’ resurrection conspired to say that He did not rise from the dead – that His disciples merely stole His body: “And this story has been widely circulated…to this day.”
But the Apostle Peter insisted, “We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” (2 Peter 1:16)
To those of us who did not have the opportunity to walk with Jesus as he and the other disciples did – and yet still believe, Peter said, “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:8-9)
One day, just like the faithful creatures in Lewis’s story, we will have the privilege of meeting the One in whom we have believed face to face!