In the gospel of John, Jesus is seen as the eternal, incarnate God who came to reveal the Father to a lost world. This book links back to Genesis 1:1, showing Jesus’ deity as creator of everything. Only God can create things. He is also seen as the Word (logos). The powerful spoken word is what was used to create everything. Through Him only is everlasting life. Also He compares and contrasts himself with light and darkness, because He was a great light in a dark time in history.
The lion is strong and powerful. There are not many that would go against a lion, because he is the “king of the jungle.” There is a mix of fear and respect shown to the lion, and rightfully so. On the other extreme is an animal that a child can approach without fear. The lamb is gentle, weak, and harmless. It is interesting how Jesus is described as both a lion and a lamb.
In Revelation five, we see the all-powerful lion of the tribe of Judah as a lamb. The all-powerful lion veiled some of his attributes, and allowed himself to become a weak lamb that would be crucified for the sins of the world. Jesus (lamb) died (was slain), was buried (proof of the death), and was resurrected (standing v. 6).
It is amazing how this lion-like lamb is approachable and lets us bring our troubles, problems, and concerns to him. He is strong enough and powerful enough to help us to meet our every need, yet he is gentle enough where a child would not be afraid to approach him. He is calling out to the weak and weary to trust in him and for them to lay all their burdens on him. He is trustworthy and caring and He is powerful enough to help everyone in their time of need.
Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Revelation 5:13-14 And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.