So I’ve been on this nostalgic Disney kick the past two weeks and find myself constantly rocking out to Disney playlists on Spotify as well as watching the ones I own (on VHS, I might add). As I’ve been listening to hours of quality songwriting and storytelling, I started to think about Jesus. Odd, I know. But this happens to me quite often; Jesus being on my brain all the time.
I want to focus on one specific film that probably is the number 1 favorite Disney classic of every human of my generation. If it’s not numero uno, then it is definitely in your top five. It’s practically a sin if you don’t absolutely love this movie.
The Lion King.
Am I right? Such a fantastic film. Reality check: it came out 18 years ago. Feel old yet? Yeah, me too.
Aside from the phenomenal cinematography, brilliant soundtrack, memorable characters, and inspiring storytelling, The Lion King has something that most movies should have: a moral.
Stories have had morals for as long as stories have been invented. But this is a uniquely familiar story. A moral that goes much deeper than Disney probably even realized.
It’s a story about coming home.
It’s like a revised version of the prodigal son.
Let’s look at this with Scripture in mind. Simba was born to be a King. He had his father’s garment of kingship and potential greatness. He was an heir to the throne.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 8:14-17)
Simba was the son of Mufasa, the King (insert Aslan/Chronicles of Narnia remark here). Scripture tells us we are co-heirs with Christ and heirs of God. We are His children.
We are Simba.
Simba gets scared of his sin and feels worthless because he disobeyed Mufasa, and got himself in a deep pit of trouble. Then he blames himself for the mess he created and feels beyond forgiveness. (Remember how he went to the canyon rebelliously and Mufasa ends up getting killed by Scar?)
Doesn’t this sound like our lives? We blame ourselves constantly and become ashamed and guilt-ridden, and we run away from the inheritance God has for us. Because we don’t think we deserve it. But I have news for you.
We never deserved it in the first place.
But God still desires for us to stop running from our past. We run away from God because we feel like He won’t take us back and that the throne of Heaven is no longer fitting for us. But let me remind you that we are led by the Spirit and we are “not led by a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear.”
So let’s come home.
Remember when Mufasa says to Simba, “Everything the light touches, is our kingdom.”
Notice he doesn’t say “my kingdom” or “your kingdom.” But “our kingdom.”
We are co-heirs with Christ. The Kingdom is ours to take! We just need to stop running from our sin and running from our calling. We need to stop and realize the God wants us to come home. God forgives us for disobeying. God wants the best for us.
Let’s stop being prodigal Simbas.
Let’s come home.
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