In Disney’s Lion King, Simba believes he is responsible for his fathers death and runs away from home in shame. The film then shows how he grows into a man (well, a Lion) alongside a Warthog and a Meerkat, living life with the motto ‘Hakuna Matata’ which means ‘No Worries’, until a wise baboon by the name of Rafiki shows him that his father is alive, and that he lives in him. When Simba realises this, he goes back home to defeat his uncle ‘Scar’, who had brought oppression, drought and famine on the land, to take his rightful place as the King of Pride Rock.
In today’s bible reading, Jesus is explaining to His disciples that He and His father are one, and that by spending time with Jesus and learning from Him, they are infact spending time and learning directly from God. He also reveals that a time is coming where He will leave them, but instead send the helper, the Holy Spirit, to dwell in them. With the Holy Spirit they will do even greater things than they’ve seen Jesus do (v12).
This is still the same today. When we realise who we are in Christ, and that we have the power of the Holy Spirit within us, we will rise up. We will no longer go through life ashamed of our past, and living just for the moment, but we will take hold of our responsibilities, and take our rightful place as an heir to the throne. We will defeat our enemies and confront our past, and just like the end of The Lion King, when we take back our rightful place, others benefit too.