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June 2024 

In C.S. Lewis’s novel, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” the Pevensie children stumble into the magical land of Narnia, a world blanketed in snow and steeped in mystery. As they venture deeper, they meet Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, who welcome them into their home and share the history of Narnia and its current plight under the rule of the evil White Witch. During this conversation, the nature of Aslan, the lion who is the true king and creator of Narnia, is revealed.

 “…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.”

In this novel, Lewis beautifully captures the essence of not only Aslan but also the One whom Aslan represents — God, particularly God the Father. As we enter this new month with a focus on Father’s Day at TRM, it’s important to recognize that we come from diverse backgrounds. Some may have had kind and loving fathers, while others may have experienced fathers who were abusive or absent. Regardless of our individual experiences, one thing remains certain: our Heavenly Father, like Aslan, may not be safe in the conventional sense, but He is undeniably good.

In all the Gospels, Jesus is viewed by four separate characteristics – Matthew views Him as a King, Mark as a Servant, Luke as a Man, and lastly is John as God. The first three have somewhat similar material as the others, but John has around 92% unique material – all pointing to the absolute nature of God through Christ. The whole purpose of the Gospel of John is this: that people might come to the point where they believe in Jesus Christ with the result that they would receive eternal life (John 20:30-31). All of this is done by pointing to the Father through the nature of Jesus Christ. The fact of the matter is this, how often do we simply overlook the character of God? We may read through the Gospels and hold onto some of the attributes of how good He is, but are we truly grasping how good of a Father He is?

For example, put yourself in the place of the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4. Jesus came to a city of Samaria called Sychar and sat at Jacob’s well to rest. In John 4:6, it says that it was about the sixth hour, meaning it was midday, around noon. This time of day, the heat would have been near its peak and absolutely no one in their right mind would be out at that time let alone to get water, and yet, there was one Samaritan woman who came to get water. Why would one woman come by herself in the heat of the day? Because she was avoiding the rest of the people in town. She had a troubled reputation that preceded her, but how would this one man at the well whom she had no idea who He was, know about her reputation? Besides, she was a Samaritan and He was a Jew. Jews and Gentiles dare not speak to a Samaritan. But what does Jesus do? He says, “Give me a drink,” and this shocks her! She says, “How is it that You, though You are a Jew, are asking me for a drink, though I am a Samaritan woman?” Women did not hold the highest regard in those days, let alone a deplorable Samaritan, so there had to have been an agenda that this Jewish man was meaning to speak to her.

Jesus spoke with her as though she had dignity and built trust with her. When He told her to go and fetch her husband, she said, “I have no husband,” and what did He say? “Oh, yeah, that’s right. Not only are you a filthy Samaritan, but you’re an adulterer as well.” No. He called her out, but He did it with grace and mercy. He was truthful and direct but loving and kind at the same time. How can we tell? Because if He had belittled her, what would have given her the inclination to even go throughout the city that viewed her as scum to profess who she had just spoken to? She was so moved by His truth and love that she, who was avoiding everyone, dropped her belongings and proceeded to testify who Jesus was – the Christ.

In this passage, along with countless others through the Gospel of John, we can see the nature and lovingkindness of God, the Father through the nature and lovingkindness of God, the Son because the Father and the Son are one (John 10:30). God is a good Father because we can see His love through the life of Jesus Christ. That means that no matter what kind of earthly father we have here, loving, abusive, or absent; our Heavenly Father is not waiting for us to screw up. He is waiting to meet us where we are so He can show us His love and mercy and to follow Him. 

In these coming months, we are going to be looking deeper into the character of God through what Jesus personified in His ministry, before and after His death and resurrection. So, to answer the question of the Pevensie children at the beginning, Is He safe? No. Not at all. He knows everything about us. He is not safe at all, but He is good. He’s the King and He is our Father. †

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