Aslan – He is the desire of nations

I have always enjoyed CS Lewis and The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe is among the best.  Here are some of my favorite quotes.

“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”

“I have come,” said a deep voice behind them. They turned and saw the Lion himself, so bright and real and strong that everything else began at once to look pale and shadowy compared with him.”

“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, I tell you.” I drew the cover picture at the British Museum in London reflecting on how it is good to know “Aslan” or Jesus but it is not always safe- we should never presume on a loving but all powerful God.

“He’ll be coming and going” he had said. “One day you’ll see him and another you won’t. He doesn’t like being tied down–and of course he has other countries to attend to. It’s quite all right. He’ll often drop in. Only you mustn’t press him. He’s wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.”

“It isn’t Narnia, you know,” sobbed Lucy. “It’s you. We shan’t meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?”
“But you shall meet me, dear one,” said Aslan.
“Are -are you there too, Sir?” said Edmund.
“I am,” said Aslan. “But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”

I am at Bethel, Redding for Christmas again.  The statue of Aslan stands atop a hill overlooking the avenue of the nations that leads to the main campus.  CS Lewis always taught that the Aslan character represented Jesus in his powerful fight to recover a lost humanity.

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Haggai 2 in the Hebrew Scriptures prophesies that Jesus is the desire of nations. The answer to the problems of poverty, war and injustice with which all nations have to face from time to time as the a born, rise fall and pass away.

The Bethel prayer house looks very much like Narnia this.

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