By Sandy Kirby Quandt
I’ve never come upon a real-life lion outside the confined safety of a zoo. Although I cried during the movie, Born Free, and the thought of an African safari intrigues me, I’d still rather the lions were kept a safe distance away.
Jesus is called the Lion of Judah. He’s also called the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for his sheep. Those two images seem at opposite ends of the spectrum to me. Just as being called a Mighty Warrior and the Prince of Peace do. Nonetheless, that’s what he is.
In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Susan asks the Beavers about Aslan, the true king of Narnia, the object author, JRR Tolkien used to symbolize Jesus:
“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.”
Jesus has won the victory over hell, sin, Satan, and death. One day he will return. When he does, we shall behold him face to face. At the sight of the Lion of Judah I believe we may either appear before him on our knees, or with our knees knocking.
Either way, at the name of Jesus all shall bow in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.
Jesus is one Lion we need not fear. He is a lion I am looking forward to meeting up close and personal.
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But one of the elders said to me, “Do not cry! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, David’s descendant, has won the victory so that he is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Revelation 5:5 (NCV)
I wish you well.
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