The Lion of Judah
“and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:5)
I’ve never read the Chronicles of Narnia (I’m a disgraceful excuse for a preacher, I know). But I know that in the Narnia stories, Jesus is represented by a lion named Aslan. Which is a great representation for at least two reasons. First, Revelation 5:5 (above) refers to Jesus as not only the son of David from the tribe of Judah, but as the lion of Judah, a picture of authority, strength, and even fear. And second, I’m told that the citizens of Narnia have a consistent description of Aslan which I love: He is not a tame lion. Notice this description of Aslan, from WikiNarnia:
As he appears in Narnia, Aslan is a large talking lion who is terrifying, magnificent, and beautiful all at once. Aslan appears different sizes to different people, such that he is always larger than everyone; as people grow, he grows with them. Aslan is very wise, and a powerful force for good, but as Narnians often say, “he’s not a tame lion.” He can be dangerous, and is an unconquerable enemy.
This description is very different from what you often hear people say about Jesus today. In fact, I am constantly amused – and saddened – at our culture’s attempts to redefine who Jesus was. If you listen in to religious conversations, media soundbites, and even many church pulpits, you might be tempted to think Jesus was just a meek man who walked around telling people to love each other and not judge each other. Jesus loved people, so He would never tell anyone they are lost or wrong, so we are told. He loved everyone, so He just went around helping people and didn’t really make a big deal about truth or correct doctrine, so we are told.