Is He Safe?
In our study of Exodus 20:18-21 last week, we read an excerpt from C. S. Lewis’ famous work, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It's so good I wanted to post it here as well.
Lewis depicts Aslan the lion as one representing the Person of Jesus Christ. About halfway through the book, the four Pevensie children—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy—prepare to meet him for the first time. Here’s how Lewis describes their conversation.
“Is-is he a man?” asked Lucy.
“Aslan a man!” said Mr. Beaver sternly. “Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-beyond-the-Sea. Don’t you know who is the King of the Beasts? Aslan is a lion—the Lion, the great Lion.”
“Ooh!” said Susan, “I’d thought he was a man. Is he—quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”
“That you will, dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver; “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”
“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.
“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.”
Lewis’ words could come straight from Exodus 20. No, God isn’t safe for sinful humanity. But he is so overwhelmingly good. When we could not come to him, he came to us. When we could not please him, he laid down the life of his Son for us. When we were dead, he gave his Son up to death so we could live. When we were far off, he brought us near. When we begged for him to speak no more, he sent his Word to become flesh and die for us. When we were his enemies, he made us his friends. When we were rebels, he made us sons. All through the mediation of the perfect Son of God.