The sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. – Matthew 24:30
10 Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;
11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
In C.S. Lewis’s book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Lewis describes the once beautiful land of Narnia. But now it is, under the spell of the evil White Witch. Her spell has Narnia in the continual state of frigid winter. Not only is the land locked in icy cold, but Christmas never arrives. What a disaster! The sun never shines and the spring thaw never comes. It is like Buffalo New York in the winter only far worse. Only bitter cold with no Christmas to look forward to. Mr. Tumnus, a character in the story is a fictional faun. Mr. Tumnus grimly says, “It is winter in Narnia and has been for ever so long . . .. Always winter, but never Christmas.”
Indeed it is, “Always Winter but Never Christmas.” C.S. Lewis in one phrase describes a world under the domination of evil. It symbolizes planet Earth under the control of Satan who is the god of this world. The White Witch represents the devil.
Without the first Christmas, the world would be forever doomed to be without the loving, powerful, and positive influence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Could you imagine life in such an intolerable state where we had to endure the brutal conditions of the winter season – but never having Christmas to look forward to?
A fascinating story made the rounds back in June 2005. It was picked up by several mainstream and international media. A 12-year-old Ethiopian girl was abducted in an effort to force her into marriage. Word of the kidnapping was soon spread and a search was begun. In about a week, she was found by police. But the men who had abducted her were long gone. In their place was a pride of three lions. Apparently, they had chased off her captors and were guarding her when the police arrived.
Police Sgt. Wondimu Wedajo, stated that, “They stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest.” The girl told the police she had been mistreated by her kidnappers, but no harm was done to her by the lions. An Ethiopian wildlife expert said the lions may have spared the girl because her crying may have sounded like the mewing sound from a lion cub. Many people thought that some type of miracle must have occurred.
The headlines from the Associated Press read: Lions Save African Girl from Abductors.
Several big cat experts doubt the credibility of the story. The lion, whose Latin name is Panthera Leo, is not exactly known for its gentleness and shepherding qualities. On top of that, lions certainly know the difference between a furry thing that looks like them and a young human child.
This incredible story may well have happened and possibly a miracle did indeed occur. It would not be the first time that the Father tamed lions on behalf of one He was protecting (Daniel 6).
REFLECT & PRAY
In the darkest dark and the coldest cold, recall Aslan is on the move.
Father Thank You that You have sent The Lion of Judah, The Lord Jesus Christ To Protect and watch over us. Encourage us with this truth.
“‘They say Aslan is on the move’ – perhaps he has already landed.” In C.S. Lewis’s book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Aslan represents the Lord Jesus Christ. To say that He is on the move means He is actively at work to break the spell of the White Witch. The temperature begins to rise and in the snow and ice began to melt. Confident assurance regarding a positive outcome is finally at hand. The White Witch will be defeated and redemption will come.
In Lewis’s tale, Aslan is a magnificent lion. Like all the other animals of Narnia, He talks. But He is the rightful king of Narnia and has returned to reclaim His throne. This fairytale is a precursor of the reality of things to come, the long prophesied return of the Lord Jesus Christ to take up His Davidic throne and rule as King. The kingdom of God is coming to planet Earth.
When the announcement was made that, “Aslan is on the move” a series of events began to unfold. “And now a very curious thing happened. None of the children knew who Aslan was any more than you do; but the moment the Beaver had spoken these words everyone felt quite different . . .. At the name of Aslan each one of the children felt something jump inside. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt suddenly brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delicious smell or some delightful strain of music had just floated by her. And Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of summer.”
In the Scriptures, the Lord Jesus Christ is referred to as the Lion of Judah. He is first mentioned in Jacob’s blessing of Judah (Genesis 49:8-12).
Revelation 5:5 “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory.”
The Lord Jesus Christ came the first time to bring salvation and redemption to the earth. Whoever believes in Him would have eternal life (John 3:16). When the Lord Jesus, Christ comes back he will put an end to all warfare on earth and establish a kingdom of peace and reign on the throne of David for a thousand years (Revelation 20:4).
The Lion of Judah, will come to protect and shepherd His needy sheep. He is the Shepherd and Guardian of our souls (1 Peter 2:25).
John 10:11 I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
17 “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.”
18 “No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.”
Aslan is on the move
The nails did not hold the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, love did.