In the fullness of time, God sent His Son… and in Him we are to behold BOTH the Lion and the Lamb. A couple of scripture verses may be helpful here:
- John 1:29 “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
- Revelation 5:5 “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
The vision that was given the Apostle John in the Revelation of Jesus Christ is one that takes place in the heavenly realm – outside of time. He sees the Lion of Judah, the Root of David, as having conquered – victorious – worthy to open the scroll… At the same time, the vision reveals that, “between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders … a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain” (Revelation 5:6). That the powerful Lion and the meek, sacrificial Lamb can both refer to the Lord Jesus Christ is a wonderful mystery to us in the here and now. He is both transcendent and WITH us. He is just and merciful. He fulfills the reign of God by doing what only the Son of God can do.
And yet he Reigns! And every knee shall bow at the name of Jesus Christ – the Lion and the Lamb – as He has conquered sin, death, and the devil, and rose victorious on the third day. After ascending once again to His throne, we await the day when he will return – like a Lion – to bring us to eternal life in Him, as He has promised.
May this Lenten Season bless your meditations.
Grace and Mercy in Christ Jesus,
Pastor Jim Kirschenmann