The Untamed but Good Lion
“His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” Colossians 1:13–15 (nasb)
I’ve always agreed with the DaySpring card that reads, “When you get down to it, all that really matters is Jesus.” But who is Jesus, really? He’s not easily definable; not someone we can put into a box. C. S. Lewis writes in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, “[Jesus] is not a tame lion, but He’s good.”
The good part is easy, isn’t it? It’s the untamed nature of Jesus that can be a problem, at least for me. I’ve read a lot of writing about Jesus that comes across like a biology textbook in the sense that He seems like a fish to be dissected. If I approach Him this way He becomes so distinctly other— existentially—that the relationship we have is no longer personal.
The pendulum can also swing in the opposite direction. Some people’s approach to Jesus is so personal I want to scream. I can’t know another’s heart or experience, but I know that Jesus is not my homeboy. He’s not something I can contain. In other words, He’s a good lion, but He’s still a lion. And that fact demands that I approach Him with reverence and awe.
Like Lewis’ Lucy Pevensie, I believe our approach to Jesus should be childlike faith. She recognized Aslan’s power while still fully trusting in His goodness. At His invitation, she climbed on the back of the Lion and let Him take her wherever He wanted her to go. And it was a beautiful journey.
FAITH STEP: Let Jesus, the Lion of Judah, take you wherever He wants you to go today.
Written by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry
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