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The Lamb

Today God has given me something in Revelation 5, verses 5 to 7, which say:

And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. (Revelation 5:5-7)

We are not given all the details here. However, we can infer that this scroll is very possibly the book of life, in which the names of all believers are written (see Revelation 5:1-4 for more context); we can infer this from both John’s weeping that there are none who can open the scroll, and later by who it is that can open the scroll.

With the above in mind, we need to ask ourselves: Who is the Lion of the tribe of Judah? Who is the Root of David that has conquered? The answer can only be Jesus! Only Jesus is as strong and powerful as a lion, and descended from David, and also in the tribe of Judah (see Matthew 1:3 and 1:6). What’s more, only he is the one who has conquered. Notice also that no where in the passage does it mention what Jesus has conquered. This is because there isn’t any one thing Jesus has conquered; He didn’t just conquer death, nor did he just conquer Satan or Hell. He conquered everything. The mighty lion of Judah has defeated all who opposed Him.

Yet… Who is it that John sees when he looks at this strong and mighty lion? John sees a lamb, looking as though it had been slain. He doesn’t see the strong and mighty lion that the elder had claimed to be there. No, rather he sees one of the most meek, humble, and lowly creatures on the planet. What’s more, while just a sheep would’ve been enough, this one looked like it had been slain. What could this thing ever have accomplished? It’s just a pathetic creature, and a dead one at that. To answer that, let’s take a look at a different passage:

29 The next day he [John] saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)

In the Old Testament, a priest would offer sacrifices for sins. There were various animals for various types of sacrifices; one might offer a dove, or an entire ox, depending on the situation. However, there’s one specific time that a lamb was required: Passover. In the original Passover, every family had to sacrifice a lamb to keep the angel of death from killing their firstborn son; it was only by the death of this lamb that that family would be spared.\

You see, our situation is (or was, if you’ve come to Christ) more dire than that of the Israelites during the first Passover. We are in danger of not only loosing the life of our firstborn son, if you have one, but also of loosing our very soul. We have done innumerable wrongs and crimes against God, and so we needed a sacrifice in proportion to what we’ve done. This is why we need Jesus. Yes He is the mighty and conquering lion of Judah, but He is also the pure and innocent sacrifice for sins that is necessary to appease God’s wrath! Jesus had to not only defeat Satan, but also endure the full wrath of God for sins he didn’t commit – for sins that it isn’t even in His nature to commit. That is to say, for your sins, and for my sins.

For every sin, the Old Testament shows us there is a punishment. You do X whenever Y is true, or you receive A whenever B is true. You offer an dove (just for example) when you’ve done something small, you offer something larger if you’ve done something worse. Whatever the crime was, there must be a sacrifice equal to it. Jesus, however, was not at all equal to the collective sins of the entire World from eternity passed to eternity future. He was not equal to it, because He is overpay. He is more than enough to atone for what we’ve done, and then some. This is why He is called by John “the Lamb that takes away the sins of the World,” and is shown as a slain lamb in our passage in Revelation – Because he is the final sacrifice! There can be no more sacrifices to atone for sin after Him because there is no longer a need or purpose for them.

If we ask Him to save us, He is faithful to do so, in every area of our life. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Christian already or not, we as Christians still stumble (and will continue to do so until we’re taken out of these bodies of flesh). However, Jesus, just as he was more than enough to atone for our sins, can also give us more than enough strength to overcome any temptation or sin struggle. Paul tells us that God will always make a way out whenever we are tempted, and that “way” is the way, the truth, and the life. So then, we ought to take our problems to Him (in prayer). There is no reason not to, and every to do so.

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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Delivered Through Love

 

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