The Lion and the Lamb

from Lynda Lindsey

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Luke 24:5(b)—7

Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Revelation 5:5

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. Revelation 5:6

Snapshot collages, brief looks or summaries of a series of events, usually collapse large amounts of information into a short, more condensed record. Snapshots of Jesus’ life, if not seen as a whole, could be deceiving. Jesus’ birth, as a son of man, meant He was just as vulnerable, just as dependent on His parents to meet His life sustaining needs as was any other baby. But unlike other babies, He was always God; He never stopped being God! Mary and Joseph, God’s chosen human instruments to care for and nurture the baby King, listened to and obeyed God’s every directive, from Jesus’ miraculous conception to their flight to Egypt to escape Herod’s murderous rage. 

Christmas card snapshots leave Jesus a helpless infant in the feeding trough, but Jesus grew and became strong; He was filled with wisdom and the grace of God was upon Him to fulfill His mission as our Redeemer and Savior. Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, accomplished our redemption by the shedding of His precious blood on Calvary’s cross. Jesus, a perfect, spotless Lamb without blemish or defect, the One chosen before the creation of the world, accomplished for us what countless animal sacrifices could not. Animal sacrifices needed to be made again and again to atone for sin, but we are made holy through Jesus’ one time sacrifice.

The sacrificial Lamb snapshot gives way to the Lion of Judah, who, by His resurrection, defeated sin, death, hell and Satan for all eternity. Death did not, could not win. Jesus rose a victorious, triumphant, powerful all conquering King who is now in heaven interceding for us. He will come again, this time as King and Judge over all the universe, a time when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Him as Lord of Lords and King of Kings. No donkey’s colt for this coming victory procession; instead Jesus will sweep in on a charging stallion worthy of a triumphant warrior. The Faithful and True, dressed in a robe dipped in blood will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty before ushering the saints into the eternal Wedding Feast of the Lamb! See the whole picture, not an incomplete snapshot. The Lion and the Lamb are One. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!