Lion and the Lamb

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.

An Unique Birth

The virgin birth is foundational to the uniqueness of Jesus Christ. This is what makes it possible for him to be 100% God and 100 % man. Genesis chapter three is the first prophecy of the virgin birth of the Messiah (“her seed”). Isaiah 7:14 (NASB) says, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel (meaning, “God is with us”).” When Gabriel told Mary that she was pregnant with this promised child, she questioned him by asking, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34) Mary did not even understand how this would be possible. She knew that it takes a man and a woman to have a child. Gabriel answered and said, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)

With the virgin birth, Jesus was able to have a sinless human nature that was tempted in all ways like other men, yet he did not give in. He was also able to overcome Satan, empathize with man as his high priest, and to be our unblemished lamb that was able to die on the cross for our sins.

It is very valuable

Picture in your mind a fisherman. Who do you think of? Is it a few good ol’ boys sitting around a camp fire, frying their fish, telling fish stories, and saying, “It doesn’t get any better than this?” Is it toothless redneck named Bubba skimming across the lake in his Skeeter bass boat? What comes to mind with me is a burly man. One that has not shaved for a month. You can smell him before you see him. I can even see a scowl on his face, and when he opens his mouth, nothing but perverse filth comes out. A mouth so dirty you want to ask, “Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?” I can see this fisherman in a tavern swearing up a storm. The language and jokes get so bad that finally some truck drivers go up to him and ask, “Will you please watch you language? There are mechanics in the room.” We should not stereotype people and think that they are going to act a certain way because of their occupation or hobby. When it comes to the fisherman in the Bible it is hard for me not to do that.

“Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. (1 Peter 1:18-19 nasb)

When you hear the word “precious” used, it is usually spoken from a woman’s mouth talking about a baby. It does not seem right for Peter (a rough fisherman) to say the word “precious”. The word “precious” means valuable, costly, to have considerable value or worth. This valuable, costly blood of Christ is the detergent that cleanses us from our sins (Heb 9:14). We have redemption through His blood (rescued from sin, set free from the bondage of sin) (Eph. 1:7) He purchased us (paid the price) with His blood (Acts 20:28). Jesus was the perfect lamb without spot or blemish. He hung on a cross 2,000 years ago and spilt His precious blood for you. His blood can cleanse all of you sins. Have you let Jesus cleanse your sins?

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool”. (Isaiah 1:18 nasb)