May 29
He’s both a lion and a lamb
Pastor Mark Jeske

English majors and high school composition teachers know that it’s considered bad form to mix metaphors. It’s especially bad when you mix two metaphors that contradict each other.

How ironic that that’s exactly what St. John saw in heaven when he was allowed to look at the risen, glorified, and ascended Christ. He saw a contradictory vision of the second person of the Trinity: “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.’ Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne” (Revelation 5:5,6).

So—which is it? Is Jesus Christ a lamb or a lion? The answer is yes.

His Father chose him to complete and fulfill the Old Testament role of sacrificial lamb, an innocent victim who would die in place of the offender. He would shed his blood so that the worshiper (i.e., you and I) could go free.

But he is simultaneously a lion, roaring in power and authority, king of the forest, the jungle, the savanna, and more, king of all the earth. He will judge the world rightly and truly, and all things are subject to his authority. You ignore him and defy him at your peril.

He rules.


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