Lions are such regal creatures. They are powerful, aggressive animals that demand attention. No wonder they are considered "The King of the Beasts". Companies use golden lion images in their logos, branding and advertising as a statement of being the best of the best. (Probably best known is the MGM lion). And, rightfully so for the lion is a top predator, a real killing machine able to take down some of the largest prey in Africa. Even though lions are at the top of the food chain they are becoming more and more endangered as their numbers decrease, due to poaching and trophy hunting.
Recently, Disney did a remake of The Lion King, I loved the original movie, however, I have not been able to see the newer version. (Of course, you know me, I love all things African). The theme of the movie bears a lot of similarity to the theme of the Bible. And, Disney pretty much got it right when Mufasa states that anything the light touches is part of his kingdom because God, our Father, owns it all. Disney got it right again to show that there is an evil out there trying to stamp out the goodness from the land. Just like Scar, there is one that plots to overthrow the kingdom by destroying the son of the father. And, later, that evil one finds that his efforts to eradicate the son have failed and the son returns to set things right in the kingdom.
You see, two thousand years or so ago, there was a Son, a Root of David, that was born to the Father. But, that Son was singled out, beaten and killed on an old rugged cross. The Evil One had won...or so it had seemed. After three days in the grave, the Son returned, being raised by the Father. The story differs from Disney at that point for the Son returns home to the Father, leaving the kingdom...but, just for a little while.
It is written that the Son will soon return to set up His kingdom. And, those found written in the Book of Life will reign with Him for a thousand years.
John writes in the book of Revelation:
"And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof." Revelation 5:1-5
The elder is pretty much saying, "Hakuna Matata, no worries". The Lion of the tribe of Judah is worthy by overcoming death. Hallelujah, Jesus Christ, the Real Lion King, has the power to open the seals and set up the eternal kingdom...
Want to know the rest of the story? Don't wait for the sequel, the Book (Holy Bible) is way better.
*Spoiler Alert* The Real Lion King wins in the end!!
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