December 29: Jesus, the Lion of Judah

Read Revelation 5:1-14

“. . . the Lion of the tribe of Judah . . . can open the scroll and its seven seals” (Rev. 5:5).

Aslan is the Turkish word for lion. It is also the name that C.S. Lewis assigned to the lion in his seven book children’s series, The Chronicles of Narnia. These books teach biblical truths in allegorical ways. Perhaps you have read the books or seen one of the films.

As you know, lions have a reputation for their ferocity and are called the king of the beasts. It is no wonder, then, that one of Lewis’ characters, Lucy, asks how safe Aslan is in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Here’s the answer she receives:

“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 . . .”

During this season of the year, we think of a gentle, tender, fragile baby in a manger. A lion is hardly what comes to mind. But Lewis did what we must also do. He looked beyond Christ’s humble birth to His glories in heaven.

In heaven, a scroll depicting the title deed of the earth must be opened. There is no one on earth, none under the earth, and not a soul in heaven with the authority and sovereignty to take responsibility for the earthly events that will unfold and to claim ownership of the earth. It is a sad moment . . . until Jesus, the Lion of Judah, is found to take the scroll.

Now, here is something fascinating. As John, the human author of Revelation, turned to view the Lion of Judah, he saw a Lamb that had been slain! Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for sin. But don’t miss this! Although we may think of Him as a passive person, who was led to a brutal death, we must understand that He is the Lion of Judah who ferociously conquered the most daunting opponents of all time: sin, Satan, and death! And in the future, He will demonstrate the fact that He is “not safe” but “good” in powerful ways!

The sacrificial Lamb is also a ferocious Lion! Jesus, the Lion of Judah.


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