aslan3As a child, I remember reading The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis and trying to imagine Aslan. The story was so obviously about Jesus and the laying down of His life to redeem the sinner. But why a lion?

At first, I remembered that the lion is sometimes called the King of the Jungle. Surrounded by a thick mane of hair, the lion rules over the rest of the group who bring him food. Perhaps the lion represented majestic leadership. Then again,in the Bible, the Israelite tribe of Judah was represented by a lion (Genesis 49:9) and in Revelation 5:5, Jesus is called the Lion of the tribe of Judah.

Yet, lions are also strong fighters and hunters. In fact, the Bible talks about the enemy of our souls prowling like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8) How does a lion hunt? It identifies the right opportunity by targeting the weak, young, or oldest members of a herd, then creeps close before pouncing to separate the animal from the herd and go for the quick kill.

Pretty vicious in the battle for survival. That doesn’t sound like a nice picture of God. However, the Bible tells us that the eyes of the Lord search throughout the earth seeking hearts that are turned toward Him so He can show Himself strong on their behalf. (2 Chronicles 16:9) Like a lion, God is a strong fighter on behalf of those who are His.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 NIV)

Creation declares God’s majestic power. Like Tumnus the fawn told Lucy at the end of the story, Aslan is good, but he isn’t safe. Just like a lion.

What about you? If you read the book (or saw the movie), what did you think about Aslan? How is it possible to be good but not safe? How does God hunt after our hearts? How does the enemy do the same?

Creation Declares – Lions
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