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Aslan is a Lion

November 13, AD2016

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“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”…”Safe?” said Mr Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King….”

-BEAVER in ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

The Lion

In the movie “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, little Lucy has met the evil White Witch, barely escaping her clutches.  Lucy wants a savior, a rescuer, someone to protect her.  But she is nervous about this lion, Aslan.  She asks, is he ‘safe’.  Her real question is, ‘Is he tame’?  Beaver’s response, of course, is that Aslan is not safe at all.

Aslan, the Christ figure in this movie, is a challenge to Lucy.  His image challenges us as well.  Western Christianity, in many respects, has made Jesus “tame”.  We portray Him as the “Good Shepherd”, quiet, meek, and unassuming.  Many of our artistic depictions of Jesus portray Him as so thin and emaciated that He could almost be described as ‘a lady with a beard’.  

But, this is not at all the Jesus of the Scriptures.  His encounters with the Pharisees and Sadducees amounted to a series of escalating confrontations, where Jesus called out these groups who wielded enormous civil, political, and religious power.  Jesus is ‘good’, but He is entirely ‘dangerous’.  

When  the Pharisees and Sadducees decided to see this itinerant rabbi named Jesus,  He openly exposed their ill intentions and insulted their authority, rather than welcome them.  He went out of His way to pick a fight with them!  He recognized them as His enemy, and looked for opportunities to engage them.  When they stopped coming out to see Him, He sought them out on their turf, the synagogues and Temple.  He was on a mission, and it wasn’t to hold hands and sing “Kumbaya”.

Fearless

One of the most iconic of these episodes occurred in the Temple in Jerusalem, and is told in John 8.  

It’s morning, and Jesus is teaching.  The Pharisees enter, probably creating as much commotion as they can.  They usher in the woman caught in adultery.  For effect, I can imagine they barely let her clothe herself.  They want this “whore” to look the part for their trap.  

The Pharisees know that Jesus is ‘good’.  They know by now that he is not “tame”- He’s dangerous.  They’ve tried to anticipate Jesus’ every move, and they are cockily assured that they have Him in a no-win situation. They will incite the crowd against Jesus when He shows her compassion and mercy.  In a reference to Deuteronomy 22, they spring the trap, saying, “Master, the law says we should stone her.  What do you say?”  Jesus cannot violate the law!

Jesus slowly bends down and writes on the ground.  As Jesus delays, I imagine the Pharisees whisper to each other, “We’ve got him!  He doesn’t know what to say!  Today, we will put an end to this nonsense of Jesus of Nazareth!”  The Pharisees may think He is hesitating, but that is not the case.  He intends to hand them a crushing defeat in His Father’s house.

Dangerous

Slowly, He looks at them and casually exposes the entire sordid conspiracy with a single, short statement.  In a direct reference to Deuteronomy 17, He says, “Let he among you who is without sin cast the first stone.”  Deuteronomy 17 requires that the first stone be thrown by the witness to the sin.    Adding insult, Jesus ignores them all, crouching back to the ground and scribbling with His finger.  

His actions say, “I’m not afraid of you- not even a little.”  It is a dangerous response, bordering perhaps on reckless, coming from anyone but Jesus.  But He has now trapped them, again.  If they stone the woman now, it will be declaration of their participation.  They will indict themselves.  They have no choice but to slink away.

The Offer of Strength

Finally, Jesus turns His attention to the woman.  As Jesus stands up straight, He looks directly at her, penetrating through her shame.  She has been defiled, embarrassed, and humiliated.  Jesus opens their short conversation with a simple question. “Woman, where are your accusers?”   It closes seconds later with a call to conversion, “Go and sin no more.”

But, Jesus’ offer is much more than compassion and mercy.  Before He offered her mercy, He offered her strength.  He placed himself squarely between her and the attack.  His compassion, mercy, and forgiveness spring forth from STRENGTH, not passivity, not weakness.  His actions said, “You are worth fighting for.  I am willing to fight for you!  I CHOOSE to stand between you and them.  I choose YOU!”  

Jesus met the opponent on the field of battle, in the rough and tumble of daily life.  He did not shrink from it or fear it.  I rather suspect that, in a certain sense, He relished it, even reveled in it.  It is the mission of Jesus to vanquish His enemy, to scatter them, and to destroy the dark forces that oppose Him and ravage His loved ones.  

This woman, in a larger sense, represents Jesus and the Church, the entire body of Christ.  The Church is, after all, the “bride” referred to in Revelation.  She has been beaten, battered, abused, and defiled, from within and without.  Still, when the enemy tries to claim her, He knows who she really is, even if she has forgotten it herself.  And so, He does not fear. He is afraid of nothing, and does not shy from the battle.  After all, He is not a tame lion.  

Photography: See our Photographers page.

About the Author:

Ken is the Executive Director for the John Paul II Healing Center, based in Tallahassee, FL. He is a frequent speaker at Center events and his extensive ministry experience includes teaching apologetics, retreat presenter and volunteer youth ministry. Ken holds a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Counseling, both from St. Louis University. Ken has been married for more than 25 years to his wife Sharon. They have two children.

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  • Peter Gross
  • Peter Gross

    Post 2. Hi, this is a more recent photo of the ‘golden lion.’ I don’t know what you think about ‘prophecy,’ but I believe that God still speaks through ‘signs.’ However, a sign should agree with Scripture. Like Bobby Conner (see post 1), Anne Elmer had an encounter with a lion in the spirit and she wrote a book about her experiences. This photo points to the Lion of Judah. See Genesis 49:10. Judah holds a sceptre and sceptres are usually made of gold! Also see Revelation 5:5. Peter

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    Post 3. I will stand with you against syncretism in the church (the ‘interunfaithful’ movement). If people are afraid of the Lion of Judah (same side), will they also be afraid of the antiChrist? (other side). The righteous are as bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1). The Lion of Judah is increasing but lions can be gentle.

    Can a sign agree with a prophecy? It helps to have a photo. *Uluru has two lion’s heads. Jesus is also a rock! (Isaiah 8:14)

    “Then He shall become a sanctuary; But to both the houses of Israel, a stone to strike and a rock to stumble over, And a snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

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    December 8, 2012 by Pour It Out Admin

    Vision Received 2010 June 17th by Chris Harvey

    Joshua Mills Meeting Perth Concerning Australian Revival

    As Joshua Mills played the piano and worshiped I had a glimpse into the realm of the spirit. I saw Australia covered with dead trees and dead fruit all over the ground. Then a mighty whirlwind came cross the country picking up all the dead fruit and taking it away.

    Then I was at Ayers Rock in the centre of the Nation of Australia, there was a mighty *lion standing on top of Uluru, which is the indigenous name for Ayers Rock. He was roaring and out of his mouth were coming musical notes to the heavens. On each side of him were two great angels waving flags. One said repentance through love and the other said grace. Then I saw another mighty angel come down from the heavens and strike the rock with a mighty rod. It split in the middle and two rivers began to flow from out of the rock. One was like golden oil and the other was pure crystal clean water. They filled the nation of Australia and then I saw green grass springing up everywhere really fast. Then the dead trees all came to life and were filled with so much fruit that all the people of the nation could not eat it all so then people came from all over the world and we shared the fruit with them, and everyone became strong and fat from the fruit.

    I believe this that vision speaks for itself that Australia is in for a big time visitation.

    This vision was received at the end of the Australian Tour that was birthed out of the word from Bob Jones concerning the last day awakening.

  • Peter Gross

    Post 3. The righteous are as bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1). I will stand with you against syncretism in the church (the ‘interunfaithful’ movement). Can a sign agree with a prophecy? It helps to have a photo. *Uluru has two lion’s heads. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb4fde04ddf2b8a3eafb1f6a9d1a758383cd1aa67a12b2d6a4256349495f89ea.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9051d5279d87031ecd8cfd394cf0f66a45a8532d35b323cb9986ca94a1ed19a4.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f8841dcea781ef25fc060086f4ec862b787a63fd2f0700b3d16b413053b42470.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/48515aefae12f88eeb0ef4f86f77de2051506277d770ab4d576268a6183a8fb7.jpg

    Vision Received June 17, 2010 by Chris Harvey during meeting in Perth Concerning Australian Revival
    December 8, 2012 by Pour It Out Admin
    Vision Received 2010 June 17th by Chris Harvey
    Joshua Mills Meeting Perth Concerning Australian Revival

    As Joshua Mills played the piano and worshiped I had a glimpse into the realm of the spirit. I saw Australia covered with dead trees and dead fruit all over the ground. Then a mighty whirlwind came cross the country picking up all the dead fruit and taking it away.

    Then I was at Ayers Rock in the centre of the Nation of Australia, there was a mighty *lion standing on top of Uluru, which is the indigenous name for Ayers Rock. He was roaring and out of his mouth were coming musical notes to the heavens. On each side of him were two great angels waving flags. One said repentance through love and the other said grace. Then I saw another mighty angel come down from the heavens and strike the rock with a mighty rod. It split in the middle and two rivers began to flow from out of the rock. One was like golden oil and the other was pure crystal clean water. They filled the nation of Australia and then I saw green grass springing up everywhere really fast. Then the dead trees all came to life and were filled with so much fruit that all the people of the nation could not eat it all so then people came from all over the world and we shared the fruit with them, and everyone became strong and fat from the fruit.

    I believe this that vision speaks for itself that Australia is in for a big time visitation.

    This vision was received at the end of the Australian Tour that was birthed out of the word from Bob Jones concerning the last day awakening.

  • Peter Gross
  • Peter Gross

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4c467fc2f679c51d092145db9e0b7440acbc24e73f34215d0d609be7ff067796.jpg Lambs will not become lions. We need both the lamb and the lion in our lives. This speaks of grace and judgement. The Lion of Judah is within us. In 2015, Bobby Conner wrote about a golden lion that he saw in the spirit. The Lion of Judah is in prophecy! http://www.bobbyconner.org/articles/RESTORE-THE-ROAR I searched for a photo of a golden lion on the internet. A golden lion (leucistic) was born in Zambia and I have a photo to prove it! People refer to him as the golden lion! http://safaritalk.net/topic/15727-ginger-the-golden-lion-of-south-luangwa/

  • Robyn

    beautiful, thank you Ken 🙂

  • Bart Schuchts

    Good stuff Ken Kneipmann… Where is the “Lion of Judah” Catholic Church?