Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas: Bigger on the Inside

When most people hear the phrase "it's bigger on the inside" their minds first jump to Dr. Who, the beloved time lord of BBC fame. However, this phrase is older than even the original Dr. Who and TARDIS. Here's a short list of some of my favorite things, tangible or otherwise, that are bigger on the inside. Feel free to comment below and add anything you think ought to be included.

Mary Poppin's purse.

My mother's purse (at least as a child).

The Weasley's tent.

Hermione Granger's backpack.

The entrance to platform 9 3/4.

The Holodeck on Enterprise.

A book, preferably one filled with adventure, fantasy, and imagination.

A hobbit's courage, especially Bilbo, Frodo, and Master Samwise.

The imagination.

The Wardrobe into Narnia.

The portrait of the Dawn Treader in Eustace Scrub's house.

The stable in The Last Battle.

"It seems, then," said Tirian, smiling to himself, "that the stable seen from within and the stable seen from without are two different places."

"Yes," said the Lord Diggory. "Its inside is bigger than its outside."

"Yes," said Queen Lucy. "In our world too, a stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.

So, on this Christmas Eve, it would seem that the list is incomplete without the two most important places that also qualify as bigger on the inside: The Virgin Mary's womb, and the manger wherein the Word made flesh is laid. And to this I would add a third, Christ's tomb for the Christ-Child is born that man no more may die. Born for our redemption, justification, and resurrection. Born to bear our sins on the cross and bury them forever in his tomb. 

For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

A blessed bigger-on-the-inside-Christmas to you.