The Lamb Who is the Lion
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.
In Revelation 5, the apostle John portrays Jesus as, the Lion of Judah (v 5), as a wounded Lamb (v 6). Referring to this word picture, preacher Charles Spurgeon asked, “Why should our exalted Lord appear in His wounds in glory?” His reply: “The wounds of Jesus are His glory.”
Typically, the symbol of a lamb does not represent power and victory. Most people prefer symbols of strength that invite admiration. Yet God chose to be incarnated as a baby born into a poor carpenter’s home. He lived as an itinerant preacher and died “as a lamb to the slaughter” (Isa 53:7) on a Roman cross. Everyone, including His disciples, thought that His crucifixion spelt the end of the One who had dared to defy the established religious order of His day. But when Jesus Christ rose from the dead, He demonstrated mightily God’s incomparable power and glory.
The day is coming when Jesus Christ will return in glory to rule what is rightfully His. On that day, all will bow before Him and say, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honour and glory and blessing!” (Rev 5:12). Jesus, the Lamb who is also the Lion, deserves our praise!
Lord God, Thank You for the Lamb slain for me, Your own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.