Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Lion of Judah Roars

My family and I love the Narnia movies and especially the 'Chronicles of Narnia' books by C.S. Lewis because it is such a revelation of the story of Yeshua.  Aslan the Lion is a reflection that Lewis wanted to portray about Jesus of Nazareth or I should more aptly quote 'Jesus the Lion of Judah'.  I am glad the movies were able to bring out the fierceness and nature of the lion through Aslan as revealed in the books. I have put a clip from the movie "Prince Caspian"  which shows Lucy is on her way to get Aslan to come and save them from the battle against the Telmarines. The soldiers are pursuing Lucy, and deep in the forest Aslan appears and at first sends out his thundering roar, which throws off Lucy and debilitates the horses with fear. Aslan then jumps over her and attacks the marauding riders.

The scene then shows how Lucy wrestles with the dangerous lion and the book mentions for a moment Lucy didn't know if she was playing with a kitten or a thunderstorm. The Bible and the Gospels through its various historical stories and events reveal the same nature of God. Yeshua is fierce, awesome and a consuming fire and at the same time a gentle, caring and a loving God. Isn't this such a lovely paradox of our God.

As I read through the scriptures the Lion of Judah is always showing His fierceness in love and even in His justice and battles fought His actions are motivated by His love. When He roars, the world is paralyzed in fear, but for those who are His, though struck by His awesomeness  are bowing at His feet in His magnificence, loving every moment of His glory. Our response is to seek Him, wrestle with Him, to come into the intimacy He is calling us to.

Paul Wilbur sings 'The Shout of El Shaddai' , this song is very appropriate here and the clip is down below....Can you hear it ...when we worship, the Lion of Judah roars, strongholds crumble all around us and there is victory in the camp.

Blessings & Shalom,

Sam Kurien

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