The first book in The Chronicles of Narnia series is The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. In this book four children, siblings, named Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy discover the world of Narnia. Through meeting the Beavers, they very quickly become wrapped up in the affairs of the Narnians learning that the evil White Witch has cursed Narnia to be always winter, but never Christmas. The children also learn of Aslan the lion, the son of the creator of Narnia, who is the one who must save Narnia from the Witch according to the Prophecy recited by Mr. Beaver:
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 the children are first told that Aslan is a lion the eldest girl Susan, the ever doubtful one, says, “Ooh…I’d thought he was a man. Is he – quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”
Mrs. Beaver replies, “That you will, dearie, and no mistake…if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most of else just silly.”
Lucy asks, “Then he isn’t safe?”
Mr. Beaver responds, “Safe? …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.” It is possible for something to be good, but not safe. Aslan is the most powerful creature in all of Narnia, definitely not altogether safe because of his immense power, but he is also good. He is, after all, the King. His power demands a fearful respect from his followers, but he is still a loving ruler.
Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia is a symbol of humanity’s Savior Jesus Christ. Just like Aslan, Jesus is the Son of the Creator. Just like Aslan, Jesus is the only one who can save us from the curse that the enemy has put on the land, and there are prophecies about both doing so. Aslan died in Edmund’s place for his sins, and Jesus dies in our place for our sins. These examples are only a few of the ways that Aslan is similar to Christ, but the last example I will give is how Jesus also isn’t safe, but he is good. Jesus is fully God at the same time that he is fully man, and with that comes immense power. Jesus isn’t safe, he isn’t an elderly grandfather up in heaven, but instead he is fierce like a lion. Jesus’ power demands our fearful respect, we must realize what he is capable of and how we are nothing compared to him. But he is also a good and loving Father who will never leave us nor forsake us. Just as Aslan is not a tame lion, God is not a tame God. But he is good.