The Lion is a mighty creature. It is majestic, powerful, beautiful, conquering, fierce, and terrifying. At it’s roar you tremble, and at it’s beauty you stand in awe. Those are just a few things that come to mind when I think of a lion. Now, a lamb is quite different from the lion. Maybe even exact opposites. We cut off their wool to make our clothing, leaving them naked. We kill and eat them to satisfy ourselves. Lambs are lead to the slaughter. They are meek; humble even. They are not proud, powerful, conquering, or terrifying. Anyhow, the reason we are talking about the lion and the lamb is to look at He who is both: Jesus Christ.
This weekend I was at a local coffee shop in Carpinteria, and was reading Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper. A whole chapter in this book is dedicated to the Lion and the Lamb; Jesus Christ. This is where I got my idea to write this blog post from.
Revelation 5:5 declares Christ as “the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” When John was in heaven watching all of Revelation take place, in chapter 5 now one is worthy, or capable of opening the scroll and it’s seven seals. But then Christ comes on the scene, the mighty Lion of the Tribe of Judah, who can open the scrolls and their seals. Read this description of Christ, the mighty Lion from Revelation 19:11-16:
“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven,arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.”
But not only is Jesus the Lion, He is the Lamb. Right after verse 5 in Revelation 5 that John immediately says in verse 6, “I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.” Jesus was like a Lamb lead to the slaughter Isaiah 53:7 says. But notice that Jesus is not slain, dead on the floor as a lamb who was killed, He is alive. He appears as a Lamb who was slain, but standing as an all powerful and all conquering Lion. In Acts 1:11 the disciples stare at Christ who has ascended into heaven, but angels come and say to them, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” When they say “This Jesus”, they mean that the same Jesus Whom was crucified for us is the same King who is coming again for us, even with His pierced side, hands and feet, scourged body covered by scars. He was slain, but He has risen. As well in Matthew 11:29 Jesus describing Himself He says, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” How beautiful is that. Jesus, the God of the universe, says to us just come to Me, for I Am gentle and lowly in heart, like a meek Lamb.
Personally, I can’t think of anything more awesome or radical than that depiction: The Lion and the Lamb. All powerful, all majestic, all glorious and almighty. But also all humble, all meek, all loving, all self-sacrificial; as He gave Himself for us. Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the One True God, loves you more than you could ever possibly perceive or fathom. Receive His love today, He is so wonderful, I don’t understand how you could resist.