Summary: #7 in Walking in the Spirit series. It’s also a tie-in with Narnia, about looking forward to Jesus coming. It uses Simeon as scripture basis.
Luke 2:25-35 – Narnia: When Aslan Comes in Sight
Tonight I’d like to continue on in our series on walking in the Spirit (#7 by now). In fact, the Bible says that the Holy Spirit was upon this man who happens to be our main topic for the evening. We are going to read Luke 2:25-33.
Now, in addition to continuing on in our walking in the Spirit series, it also fits nicely with something I spoke about last week, that is, the Chronicles of Narnia. Last week we ate chocolate – Turkish delight – and looked at the dangers of sin, with truths from the Bible and highlighted by parts from the book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Let me go back and refresh your memory. Narnia is another world, separate from ours, and the doorway to it is a big walk-in closet. Four children, brothers and sisters – Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie – all stumble into this place called Narnia. Now, the climate in Narnia is winter. It’s always winter and never Christmas, a very bleak place to be. That’s because the land is under the spell of the evil White Witch Jadis. She has kept the land under her icy spell for very long, and the Narnians have grown tired of her magic. They are longing to be set free from Jadis’ spell.
Well, help is on the way. The 4 children find a talking beaver, or rather, he found them. Mr.Beaver calls them to his side, whispering to them. And he says these words: “They say Aslan is on the move – perhaps has already landed.”
Now, I’d like to read to you from p67-68 from LWW, showing us the different reactions to the name “Aslan”.
Well, after this the 4 children go to Mr. and Mrs.Beaver’s house for supper. After supper, the beavers begin to tell the tale of Aslan. They say, “Aslan is on the move.” Aslan is the King and the Lord of the whole wood, Narnia, but he isn’t always there. But the word is, Aslan is back, or at least on his way back.
And he would fix the situation in Narnia. The Witch, whose favorite tactic is turning people and creatures to stone, can’t do that to Aslan. There’s an old saying, “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.”
You see, Aslan is a lion. He’s the King of the Beasts. He’s a great Lion. Now, Susan asks the beavers, “Is he safe?” Mrs.Beaver says, “If there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just sill.”
Lucy asks, “Then he isn’t safe?”
And Mr.Beaver says this famous line about Aslan: “Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
This is the King. Certainly not safe, but most certainly good. And when he arrives, he will dispel the winter and bring in the spring and break the Witch’s curse and bring new life.
This sounds a lot like Simeon’s attitude in our scripture passage tonight. Now, we don’t know a lot about Simeon. Apparently there was nothing special about Simeon that qualified him to take up the baby Jesus in his arms and bless Him. As far as we know, he wasn’t an ordained religious leader, and he had no credentials or special authority.