Death: Aslan was silent when they muzzled him. Then the White Witch whispered, “And now, who has won? Fool, did you think that by all this you would save the human traitor? Now I will kill you instead of him as our pact was and so the Deep Magic will be appeased. But when you are dead, what will prevent me from killing him as well? And who will take him out of my hand then? Understand that you have given me Narnia forever, you have lost your own life and you have not saved his. In that knowledge, despair and die.”
Imprisonment: At the end of his life, Paul was under house arrest in Rome. In his final letter to Timothy, he wrote, “At my first defense, no one came to stand by me … But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.” 
Unstoppable: Paul was arrested, but the gospel was not stopped. “You can kill its preachers or imprison its believers. It doesn’t matter,” says Tim Keller. “The gospel will find a way. It is the most powerful and vital force in the earth.” How do we know? Because Jesus himself was raised from the dead. When Aslan was resurrected, he told the Pevensie children, “Though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only 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 had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backward.”
Prayer: Lord, What wondrous power is the gospel that it cannot be stopped! May its power awaken our hearts and hopes when we wonder whether things in our lives or our cities have grown bleak. For when Christ died, his followers wept, not knowing what was to come. Yet he rose from the dead and defeated the sting of death itself. Fix our eyes on redemption and may it be on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
M’Cheyne Weekend Readings
 2 Timothy 4:6-8 ESV