Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, Oh My!

By America Lopez, Talon Staff co-editor

Lions are widely regarded as strong and brave animals, graceful yet brutal in their nature. The springtime is filled with new beginnings and this is a time ripe with the birth of new lion cubs. At the Smithsonian’s Zoo last week, four new cubs were born and will soon be introduced to the public.
Literary lions have made more of an impact than you realize. Aslan in C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series is a lion that is widely recognized by many, his name itself means lion in Turkish. Aslan is The Lord of Narnia and C.S. Lewis has said that Aslan is a version of Christ in a fantasy world. The Cowardly Lion also has notoriety for being an important big cat. In the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Lion is the journey to go to the city of Oz in order to attain courage. He hopes to become fearless like a powerful lion should be as shown in Proverbs 30:30, “the lion, which is mightiest among beasts and does not turn back before any.”
One of my favorite movies as a child was the Lion King, a film with which I’m sure many of us identify as well. The movie was inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, incorporating the elements of brotherly betrayal and revenge. There are definite parallels between Claudius’ killing of King Hamlet and taking young Hamlet’s throne and Scar killing Mufasa and taking Simba’s throne. Through Hamlet, Shakespeare was trying to convey the notion that through revenge, we never gain anything positive and almost never gain what we hoped to receive. The influential power that literature has on everyday life is undeniable.
The Bible, also, often speaks of lions. One of the most widely recognized passages in the Bible is deals with Jesus, the Lion of Judah. Revelation 5 speaks of a scroll with seven seals that no one is worthy of opening until someone said, “the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered so that he can open the scroll and it’s seven seals.” Jesus lived, died, and resurrected and was deemed worthy above all those on earth and in heaven.
So, at the end of all this, why lions? We should try and be as powerful and brave in our faith as a lion is when hunting. The Lord is a lion because He is the king above all else, mighty in every sense of the word. Hosea 11:10 reminds us that although people will try and “go after The Lord; he will roar like a lion; when he roars his children shall come trembling from the West.” I asked Mr. Ray about this verse, because I thought it could mean a lot of things and he always interprets thing to an amazing degree. He told me that the prophecy in Hosea is fulfilled in Jesus’ crucifixion, everyone is drawn to the cross of Jesus, everyone has something to say about it. When Jesus died, strange events occurred; an earthquake, darkness, and people resurrecting. Jesus Himself cried out from the cross. Jesus’ death was the ultimate roar, calling people to Himself as He was lifted up. His sacrifice is something that will forever ring in our lives.
Through Jesus, we too, can find a new life like the cubs discovering the world today. When you are born-again in Christ, you see the world through a new lens, as if you’re a newborn. In spring, new life begins but remember that you can start a new, more fulfilling life the other three seasons, too.