Christ as the Lamb and the Lion of God / by kevin murray

Most of us are quite familiar with the images and the persona of Christ as the Lamb of God.  Scripture underscores this in several passages such as:

                The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1: 29)

                The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth. (Acts 8:32)

                And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. (Revelation 7:10)


These above passages signify that Christ sacrificed Himself willingly on the cross as the ultimate sin offering to God and consequently for the redemption of humanity that in their collective ignorance had lost their way.  The amount of humility, discipline, courage, and self-control exhibited by Jesus the Christ to perform this sacred duty for our behalf was incredible and worthy of our utmost respect and love.  For a man, any man, let alone the Christ, to be subjected to painful and bloody beatings of his body, mocked and scourged, and then crucified like a common criminal when Christ, himself, had committed nothing to warrant these actions is excruciating to know.  This is the Chosen One of God, innocent, the Lamb of God, treated with abject contempt.


But fortunately, the story does not end there.  How could it?  Christ sacrificed his physical body and emptied his ego for our behalf to demonstrate that the greatest of us all surrenders Himself to God, and that our Spirit, our Soul, forever triumphs over our physical body that so many of us wrongly place too much attention to.  Still further to the point, Christ then resurrected Himself physically for our benefit to prove to us that it is the Spirit that manifests the body and not the other way around; and it is this bodily resurrection, this reconstitution, that built the foundation of the Christian religion as we know it today. 


The former is of the Christ, as our redeeming Lamb, but what of the Lion?  We read:

                        And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. (Revelation 5:5)


The Lion as referenced in this scripture refers to Christ, who is of the tribe of Judah, which is the lineage of King David of the Old Testament.  It is important to understand Christ as the Lion, whose symbolic reference is one that is a King, fearless, majestic, and all mighty.  There is no God but our God, who is second to none, He is All and will ever be All, He is unchanging, He is justice, He is Truth, He is love, He is our King, and His Son is our Lion, who will forever protect us, guard us, redeem us, and when necessary will correct us, for God's justice will not rest forever.