I know I am not alone on this one.
One of my most favorite lines from literature, from any book or any publishing I have ever read, is taken from C.S. Lewis.
It is found in his incredible adventure, “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” which is an allegory of Christ and salvation, with Christ represented by King Aslan.
Some of you know what I am about to write.
When young Lucy leads her siblings into a world in which they have never been, the land of Narnia, she discovers the existence of a Great King named Aslan. In speaking with Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, Lucy and Susan ask these two questions:
“Is he a man?” asked Lucy.
“Aslan a man!” said Mr. Beaver sternly. Certainly not. I tell you he is 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.”
Most of you readers know that I was a youth evangelist for the greater part of my life. One thing I loved saying to the students when they were listening to me speak at summer camp was:
“You are in a very safe place to hear a very dangerous message that can radically turn your life upside down!”
And the gospel will do that when God gets ahold of us!
If you have never read, “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”, dive in and discover this beautiful allegory. My family and I have read it many times.
I googled searched what age was appropriate to read this book and most teachers today were recommending 4th grade and up. However, you know your children best.