The Lion and the Lamb

“Behold, one will come up like a lion from the thickets of the Jordan against a perennially watered pasture; for in an instant I will make him run away from it, and whoever is chosen I shall appoint over it For who is like Me, and who will summon Me into court? And who then is the shepherd who can stand against Me?” Jeremiah 49:19

“The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29

These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” Revelation 17:14

The Lion

You will often hear God referred to as a Lion throughout the Bible. As a child growing up this always brought me comfort. I was a big C.S. Lewis fan as well, and I recalled that Aslan was the Lion who saved the day in “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.” C.S. Lewis was a WWI soldier who believed strongly in the word of God. He chose to take that belief and create a world in his books to reach the non-believers. He mixed mythology in with the meaning of Christianity.

Of course, the thing I love the most about that world he created was the big loving and powerful lion named Aslan. I also loved that four children were chosen by Aslan to help save the day from the wickedness.

God is the Lion of Judah. God is the ever powerful and loving lion who watches over the ones He loves. He is roaring like a lion in the wilderness. He is prowling the valley searching for His lost sheep. He will never stop fighting the battles with His Heavenly Host of Angels to set his children free.

When God was creating the world and everything in it He decided to make Adam and Eve. They were the first humans to ever set foot on this earth. They being lucky enough to live in the Garden of Eden. As God created Adam and Eve He knew one day they would disobey and betray Him. He knew they would be cast from the garden. He knew one day that He would have to be The Deliver that was promised to come and set His children free. God knew He would have to come down to earth as Jesus to save His children from hell. Even though He knew all of that, He still made Adam and Eve. That is the true meaning of unconditional love. No one loves you more than that Lion.  No one will roar louder for you than that Lion. No one will go out into that valley and search harder for you than that Lion.

God is the ultimate Father of all His children. He doesn’t want to see any of us in pain, and He wants us to all come home. God wants to see His children get back to the garden. That is why He created it for us. That is why He was willing to send in the Lamb to teach us how to get to Heaven.

The Lamb

If you listen closely to what he tells you in these stories, they are all about how much He loves us, and how much He wants us all to come home.

Jesus is often referred to as the Lamb of God in the Bible. Jesus is also referred to as the Shepherd who watches over His sheep. If you read the red letters in the Bible these are the stories Jesus tells us in a way that we can understand. Often he will tell us parables, and these are given to His flock at the time in the wilderness or on a mountaintop.

Home being that by His side in our Heavenly places surrounded by our Heavenly Father. Our souls are often crying out to this Lamb to come and rescue us, and bring us back to what is familiar and safe. They are not meant for this cruel world, and they are innocent to the wickedness of these times.

Jesus is the Lamb of God, but we are His sheep. We are the lamb of Jesus. We are his flock that are in the field with our Shepherd. We need His love and guidance to get us to that safe and peaceful place.

We are not going to get there on our own. We needed to be saved by the blood of that most precious Lamb. Jesus’ blood he shed on the cross was the only way we could be saved. The pain he suffered he did for us. The blood he shed he did for us. The tears he cried he did for us. The battle he fought he did for us. When he rose again in three days to prepare a home for us in Heaven his messages remained. He set out those who followed him in the Bible times to make sure those messages and his words were heard. They were meant to reach thousands. Over the two thousand years since the Lamb of God shed that precious blood His sheep have reached trillions and trillions more.

The Sheep

We are the sheep that have chosen to follow the Lamb of God into the valley. We have chosen to be His disciples, and share the stories he taught in the Bible. We are now the ones who need to carry on that message. It is in our testimonies, trials, and tribulations that we can share the true love of our Lord.

When we are going through the darkness in our lives we don’t shy away from the light. We embrace the light, and in doing so we can teach others how to embrace the light.

I know there have been many times when I have felt like I am drowning in that darkness, but when I look up and see the light break through, I can breathe again. When I take that first breath of the Holy Spirit I am filled with an overflow of peace and love that can’t be shaken.

That is not something we can do on our own strength or understanding. We need to be guided by the Lamb of God. We need to have our eyes open, and our hearts made new. We are told once we accept our Lord into our hearts He will replace our heart of stone with a heart of flesh. He will create in us a clean heart. He will renew a right spirit within us. We will have trials along the way, and accepting our roles as disciples does not make that go away. No where in the Bible does Jesus promise us that our lives will be perfect if we follow him. We will have many more battles to fight. We will have a dark enemy threatening to destroy us at every turn. However, we will have the most powerful Lion, and the most precious Lamb by our side to help us get through those battles.

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