One of the most beautiful aspects of God is His complexity. I don’t know about you, but I am glad I don’t worship a God I can figure out! “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts,” the Lord has said. (Isaiah 55:9) Our God is so big we could never contain Him. Our God is so strong we could never defeat Him. Our God is so powerful we could never outmaneuver Him. That’s why I worship! God is known by many names but two seem to be in complete contradiction of each other: The Lion and The Lamb. The predator and the prey. The violent and the gentle. The loud roar and the quiet call. All wrapped up into one Man: Jesus Christ.
You can worship the Lamb and you can draw close to the Lamb, but you must also respect, fear and know the power of the Lion.
Here is the difference: A Lamb dies and a Lion kills – two sides of the same coin – both encompassed in the person of Jesus Christ. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet,” Paul wrote in Romans 16:20. Two sides of the same God: Peace and War. When Jesus Christ died willingly as a Lamb, He rose up as the Lion, killing death itself and replacing it with eternal life.
Isaiah 53:7 says, “…He was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not his mouth.” In Revelation 5, John saw both sides of Jesus Christ noting, “I saw a Lamb in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, standing as though it had been slain…” and “The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed and He is able…”
Because Jesus Christ “disarmed authorities and powers, [and] made a show of them openly, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15), He became qualified to enact every promise of God – by ferocious force and violence if necessary – over the powers of His enemies. Yes and amen! God has made a way through Jesus Christ and because of the Prince of Peace, you and I are victorious in the violence of the battles that wage here on earth until His return.
Thought for today
When we worship the Lord, we all worship Him for different reasons and from different revelations and different experiences with who He is. Yes, Jesus is the Lamb of God and you worship Him and thank Him for His sacrifice for you – but don’t stop at there! You can worship the Lamb and you can draw close to the Lamb, but there is another side of the Lord that is just as worthy of worship: The Lion. We must respect, fear and know the power of the Lion as well as we know the Lamb because they are the same Person. Gentle and fierce. Docile and violent. Innocent and cunning. The Lion and the Lamb are two beautiful, different types of strength displayed in our Savior, Jesus Christ, who is worthy to be praised for all that He is!