“Why, Daughter of Eve, that’s what I brought you here for. I’m to lead you where you shall meet Aslan,” said Mr. Beaver.
“Is—is he a man?” asked Lucy.
“Aslan a man!” said Mr. Beaver sternly. “Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-beyond-the-Sea. Don’t you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion—the Lion, the great Lion.”
“Ooh!” said Susan, “I’d thought he was a man. Is he—quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”
“That you will, dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver; “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”
“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ’Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
Above is one of my all-time favorite exchanges in C.S. Lewis’ classic “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe,” which if you haven’t read I recommend for any age, particularly if you have children. These are excellent stories to help us all understand our relationship with God and God’s demands on us. There is so much beautiful theology in the stories, and yet they are riveting for children and adults at the same time. Whenever I read the stories of this series, I inwardly seek to be a better and more faithful follower of Jesus.
In the paragraph above, Susan and Lucy, sisters, have come to a strange land through a magic closet and are being told about the King of that land who has been absent for a long time, but whom they are soon to meet. They find out that the King (the Christ figure in the book) is also a Lion. This causes them some distress. They are not sure they want to meet a Lion. Neither are we. Lucy and Susan would rather have a King who is not a threat to them. They want a tame Lion, perhaps one with his teeth and claws removed. But as Mr. Beaver so wisely tells them, this King is not tame. He wants to upend your life and will not be satisfied with half-measures. He has a plan for you. To follow Jesus as King is to follow Him into places you might not want to go…to be challenged to become someone you never would have tried to become. But the Lion will not be tamed, thank God he loves you so much. When he asks you to go into scary places you can go without fear, trusting him to protect you. For the Lion is good. But go you must.
Jesus loves you so much he refuses to leave you in the earthbound place he finds you. He wants to change you, to transform you into a “Little Christ” that you might discover who you were made to be—a blessing to those around you. You are not your own, you belong to a Lion. He is scary because he is Omnipotent and whether you agree or not one day you must stand before him. He is good because he gave you life in the first place that you might learn to love like he does. This is the reason you are here.
One day every person on earth must stand before the King to answer to him for what they’ve done with the life he gave them. Until that day, he asks us to behave like we know him and beyond that, follow him into hard places to serve the needy and the lost. We can do hard things without fear because the Lion goes with us. Only those who trust Him and follow him, even into scary places, ever learn this. I pray we are all among them!
I’ll see you in Church,