2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?’ 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5 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.’
Yesterday we saw a picture of Jesus as a Lamb meek and mild and being led in silence to the slaughter. That is such an accurate picture of Jesus in his humility and meekness. The problem comes when we only see that side of him and then we start to (probably not consciously) see him as one that we can trample all over. We start to see him as soft and that we are in charge and he will go with what we say. We show that in the way we live our lives and our approach to sin. Without really saying it, we say “he is gracious and a gentle lamb; he is forgiving so he will forgive me”. This also affects our perception of his power and ability to conquer evil and perform powerful miracles.
There’s another picture of him. Not only is he a Lamb, but he is also a Lion! There is a side of him that makes him not to be messed with. He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah…who has triumphed! Through his meek death, the devil thought he had the upper hand, but what he didn’t realise is that he was walking right into the trap and to his own demise because through the cross of Jesus and his resurrection from the dead he dealt the biggest blows to the world, the flesh and the devil. He has triumphed!
Don’t forget that he’s a mighty roaring lion! So don’t mess with him by being negligent of how you live your life. Live your life in fear and trembling (Phil 2:12) as you pursue the purposes of God. And remember that with him on your side, there is no situation you will ever face in life that is too big or insurmountable. He has already triumphed! And when he roars, his enemies scatter. Take courage! The King is here!