In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

The month of March is here and the first days are to give us an idea of how the month is to end. According to the old ways the saying is “in like a lion, out like a lamb”… This means is if March starts out blustery and windy then it will end in calm weather. Of course, the reverse supposedly also applies.

In the account of Jesus’ Revelation to the Apostle John, we find a very interesting passage in the 5th chapter..

“4-5 I wept and wept and wept that no one was found able to open the scroll, able to read it. One of the Elders said, “Don’t weep. Look—the Lion from Tribe Judah, the Root of David’s Tree, has conquered. He can open the scroll, can rip through the seven seals.” 8 So I looked, and there, surrounded by Throne, Animals, and Elders, was a Lamb, slaughtered but standing tall.

Revelation is often hard to understand since much of it is apocalyptic and symbolic in nature. It seems as if almost every passage has a dozen different interpretations by scholars, each of whom proclaims that only his interpretation is correct..

However, that should not prevent us from reading through and studying the book in order to gain the fundamental truths of the book. And, here in the 5th chapter, we have one of those truths… Jesus Christ has two natures. One is that of a Lion and the other the qualities of the lamb.

When we consider Jesus we usually focus on the Lamb persona… He came to this earth as a gentle servant, unblemished in order to offer himself as the perfect sacrifice upon the cross for our sins. This is also the Jesus that John saw as Jesus approached the throne to open the sealed scroll, Jesus the lamb, still bearing the scars from the crucifixion.

But this passage also speaks of Jesus as the Lion, the Root of Jesse who has conquered. This is the Jesus that was predicted as far back in scripture as the Book of Genesis. It portrays Jesus not as a meek Lamb but as a strong, powerful, sovereign ruler.

This is the Jesus that is predicted to return to the earth, coming not as a sacrifice for sin but as one who will mete out reward and punishment. He is coming to establish a Kingdom that will endure forever. However, only those that have acknowledged him as their personal Saviour will have a place in that Kingdom.

Have you acknowledged through faith that Jesus has purchased you for God? Will you be there in the Kingdom to reign with Jesus on earth when He comes again as the Lion – even if it were today? How about your family, friends and coworkers? Do you not feel an obligation to share the news of the coming of the Lion of Judah?