Lion and the Lamb

Sometimes it is interesting to recognize the perspectives people in this world have. Even in my own life, the way I approach and understand events has completely changed as I have grown. At one time, I used to have a perspective that was largely directed by the things this world claimed to be essential, but I am so happy to say that now, my thoughts and desires strive to be aligned with my Heavenly Father and His will. It is amazing to realize that my perspective in life has completely and drastically changed over the past years!

Recently, I recognized that there will be another drastic and possibly fearful change in perspective that is guaranteed to occur to mankind and all of creation in the near future.

5 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.

4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. 5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. Revelation 5:1-7

This passage is extremely familiar because many believers refer to it to describe our “passover lamb.” Upon immediate review, the passage seems to have a straight forward meaning. It seems to claim that only one, Christ the Lamb, can open the sealed scroll. From the Word of God, we see Christ as a Lamb in many instances. In Exodus 12 and John 19, we learn how Christ prophetically fulfills the requirements of the passover lamb, and in Isaiah 53, He is directly compared to a “lamb to the slaughter” that does not open His mouth. There are so many references pointing to the image of Christ as the Lamb that is sacrificed for us, but here in Revelation 5, we see something so different.

The Elders in verse 5 claim that “the Lion of the tribe of Judah” is worthy to loose the seven seals of the scroll, but when John looks upon the “Lion,” he sees “a Lamb as though it had been slain.” What a drastic difference! The elders call Him the Lion and see Him as the Lion, but John sees Him as a Lamb!

Now is the time where believers and even unbelievers see Christ as the Lamb that came in all humility to this world. We have witnessed Him as the Lamb who did not shout out against His accusers or put up a fight or try to set Himself free. We have witnessed Him as a passover Lamb whose blood was shed in order to ensure that death passed over all who would believe. But there will be a time when everyone will witness Him as a Lion. The unchangeable Victory over death and the grave. He will return to this world with His complete power on fearful display rather than His humility. He will judge the world. He is the only One who has the power to loose the seals. The perspective of mankind will completely change when we finally witness Christ as both Lion and Lamb.

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

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