IN NARNIA, ASLAN IS KING OF THE WOOD — IN OUR WORLD, JESUS IS KING OF KINGS
“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.” — Chronicles of Narnia — C.S. Lewis
Narnia… a magical world paralleling our world… where Aslan the lion is King of kings in a world of talking beasts, just as Christ is King of kings in our world. C.S. Lewis wrote that the whole Narnian world is about Christ. Aslan is the revered and respected ruler of the land.
The story begins with Narnia under the power of the White Witch… who has caused it to be always winter and never Christmas. Young Lucy Pevensie stumbles upon this world through the door of a wardrobe… and leads her three unbelieving siblings into the magic. Edmund is led astray by the White Witch… while she, Peter and Susan seek refuge in the home of two beavers. Here is where they first learn of Aslan…
“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.”
Aslan is “Lord of the Wood”. Narnians are in both awe and fear of Aslan. Aslan sacrifices his life for the rebel Edmund and returns to life as the glorious savior of Narnia. Winter melts and springtime blooms in the land. Aslan proves his absolute authority over the power of darkness.
In our parallel universe to Narnia, Christ is Lord of all. We honor him in reverence of His majesty. We accept His sacrifice on our behalf. Our resurrected, risen Lord is victorious over all evil. In Him we are protected and sealed for all eternity.
“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.”
What does this Narnian creature mean by Aslan not being safe? Throughout their history, Aslan had always been their protector and rescuer. He is safe for the reason that they can trust Him. Yet he also calls his followers to battle the darkness and the evil in the land. That is not the safe path.
However, Aslan could be trusted because He is good. He is their powerful yet benevolent King. This “son of the great Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea” desires only good for all of Narnia.
Is Jesus safe? He is safe because we can trust Him to be our King of kings and Lord of lords. He is our glorious and victorious Savior. Yet He does not call us to a “safe” life following Him. We are to take up our cross daily. Just as Jesus took risks in His time of ministry on earth… He calls us to take risks for His Kingdom and His glory.
Yet we have faith that Jesus is altogether good. He is our gracious and sovereign Lord… Son of the Most High God… who wants only the best for us. We can trust in His absolute goodness.
“Courage, child: we are all between the paws of the true Aslan.”
Aslan also reveals his warmhearted, gentle side to the Pevensie children as well as to his devoted Narnians. His deep love and compassion for them all is displayed in his role as their defender. They are all instilled with bravery and confidence to go to battle against the darkness. Aslan would be with them… and they will be protected “between his paws”.
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” — Psalm 91:1
Jesus is not only our awesome King… He is our kind and loving Lord. He displayed His compassion in His earthly ministry… as He does in our daily lives. We have His assurance that He will be with us always… to be our Protector and Defender. We are courageous knowing that His powerful presence goes before us as we fight against the evil in this world. We find in Him our refuge and strength as our King of kings.