Aslan is on the move.
If you have breathed Narnian air and traveled in the magical world, those words bring back moments of childhood awe.
If you have never read the books, this article is not for you — yet. Seriously. Go read the first book (The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe), then come back and finish reading.
If you have read the books, but it has been 10 years, let me refresh your memory.
For the past 100 years, Narnia has been under a curse of winter from the White Witch. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy (the four siblings from England) stumble into the world through their Uncle’s magical wardrobe.
As they walk into this snow-covered world, they meet Mr. and Mrs. Beaver. As Mr. Beaver explains to them after dinner,
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.
When Lucy asks if this Aslan is a man, Mr. Beaver is quick to correct her.
“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 Beasts? Aslan is a lion — the Lion, the great Lion.”
Someone is coming. The King of the wood is coming. He’s already on the move.
Someone is on the Move
Just as Aslan was on the move in Narnia, Someone here is on the move.
A King is Coming
The Old Testament has one overarching premise — Someone is coming. The King of the world is coming. Everything has been building up to this earth-shattering event. Zechariah 9:9 says,
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you
The King of Glory, the Lord of Hosts, is coming to land on enemy-occupied territory and reclaim it.
When the New Testament opens up with the gospel of Matthew, Matthew has one overarching premise he wants to communicate. One profound truth that will continue throughout the New Testament to the very last book of Revelation.
Someone is here. He is already on the move.
A Kingdom is Coming
Just as Aslan was prophesied to come, so was a kingdom. As the beavers explain to the siblings:
When Adam’s flesh and Adam’s bone,
Sits at Cair Paravel in throne,
The evil time will be over and done.
Two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve would sit on the throne and help thrust Narnia into its golden age. Although Aslan himself was King of the wood, son of the great Emperor-beyond-the-Sea, he had come to make children kings and queens.
Although Aslan himself was King of the wood…he had come to make children kings and queens.
As our King of the world landed, He had one consuming goal. Jesus begins His public ministry in Matthew 4:17. His first words reveal His purpose:
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Jesus is telling the people to get ready. The King has come to destroy the enemy and establish His kingdom with His blood.
Nothing will ever be the same.
Are We Sure?
The Jews have been waiting for a king and kingdom for a long time. In fact, we cannot even get three chapters into the first book of the Bible without encountering a prophecy of this “Someone”.
But the Jews have been expecting a much different King. They have been waiting for a political kingdom and a physical king. When they face the reality of Jesus, they do not see any form or majesty. They do not see any beauty that they should desire Him.
All they see is a carpenter from a nowhere village. Was this Jesus really the “Someone?”
Is This the King?
Every time Jesus preaches, teaches, and heals, the people are astonished. Why?
Matthew records a fascinating commentary after Jesus finishes His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7:28–29:
And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who authority, and not as their scribes.
There was one thing about Jesus that stood out to the people — His authority. He preached, taught, and healed with authority like they had never seen before.
This man does not teach like the other teachers, quoting other scribes and rabbis from different books. He comes in and says, “You have heard it said, but I say to you…”
There was one thing about Jesus that stood out to the people — His authority.
After Jesus heals the multitudes, the people marvel. Why? Because He tells fevers what to do, and they do it. He tells demons to leave — because He said so — and they leave. They are astonished at his authority.
This was no ordinary rabbi, healer, teacher, or excorist. This was the returning King, the Son of the great Lord God.
Is This the Kingdom?
In Exodus, God promises the people that they will become “a kingdom of priests”. As time moved on, the mighty nation of Israel became a divided nation, captives to their enemies.
So much for the promise.
When all hope seems lost, Daniel comes on the scene. Daniel, a Jewish captive in Babylon, interprets one of the king’s dream. There is a coming time, Daniel explained, when a kingdom will rise that will never be destroyed. It will become a mountain, fill the earth, and stand forever. Daniel’s prophecy echoes the words of Micah 4:1–2,
It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
it shall be lifted up above the hills;
and peoples shall flow to it,
and many nations shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths…
The kingdom is coming.
And according to Jesus, it was going to be soon. There would be some standing in Jesus’ presence who would not taste death until they saw the coming kingdom established (Matthew 16:28). It would not be long before He was sitting at the right hand of His Father’s throne (Acts 2:33).
Someone is Here
That Someone — Jesus — is here. That kingdom — His Kingdom — is here.
The prophecies of a coming kingdom has been fulfilled. The promise of a priesthood of believers is now open to us all. Jesus is making His children kings and queens. He is on the move. As Revelation 1:5–6 celebrates,
And from Jesus Christ…the ruler of kings of earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever.
We are a kingdom. Right now. We are priest glorifying the King of kings, entranced before His beauty, and praising His majesty.
Jesus is making His children kings and queens. He’s on the move.
We have the honor to be fellow kings and queens in this glorious kingdom. But we also have been given a huge challenge. As Aslan would charge Edmund, Susan, Peter, and Lucy,
“Once a king or queen in Narnia, always a king or queen. Bear it well, Sons of Adam! Bear it well, Daughters of Eve!” said Aslan.
As kings and queens in the kingdom, bear your title well. Hold your head high. The world is waiting for us to stand with authority and to reach out with love. Just like our King.
And when we do it together, nothing will ever be the same.
Bear it well, Sons of Adam. Bear it well, Daughters of Eve.