When the four Pevensie siblings stumbled through a wardrobe closet into a mythical land, they were surprised. But when they met the King of that land, their surprise grew even more.
Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Lucy were relocated away from war-torn London to a sprawling house in the countryside to be kept safe from the constant bombardment brought on by the Nazis. While at the house, they discovered Narnia, a secret world hidden within an antique wardrobe closet. In that mystic world, they met dwarves, talking beavers, evil witches, and more. But the most intriguing character of all was the one called Aslan.
There was ample confusion when the “children of Adam” heard about Aslan for the first time. They presumed he was a human king like the ones with which they were familiar. Fortunately for them, they had Mr. and Mrs. Beaver to help them understand.
“Aslan a man? Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the woods 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 make 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 being safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
Anyone familiar with the series of books written by C. S. Lewis knows that Aslan is the character who represents Christ. Neither Aslan, nor Jesus – who is called the Lion of the tribe of Judah in the Bible – can be considered “safe.” They’re lions, after all…and there’s no such thing as a safe lion!
But, just like the mighty lion in the kids’ novels, the real Jesus is also good. And that is more than good enough.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. HarperCollins, 1978, Pages 79-80.
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