by R.T. WoodworthThe Lamb Becomes a Lion
‘Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals... Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessingl ... Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever." (Rev. 5:5,12,13).
The Revelation of Jesus in the last book of the Bible tells how the Lamb of God is to become the Lion of Judah and assume the thrones of earthly kingdoms until they become His own.
Too often our emphasis on Jesus as the Babe in the manger at Christmas limits His real purpose in coming to earth to be God with us. Then, when Christians celebrate His resurrection, we are apt to concentrate on His meekness and lack of self-preservation at His trial and crucifixion.
In all our celebrating let us not forget the real reason Christ came was to reveal Himself as the omnipotent One, Maker of heaven and earth and Ruler over the nations. John wrote in his Gospel that God has given His Son authority to execute judgment (John 5:27). In the Revelation, John depicts Christ as the Lamb who will exercise all governmental and civil authority. Every person will bow to Him (Rev. 6:17).
How unconventional it is to read of the wrath of this Lamb. The meek and mild Jesus who allowed himself to be crucified, now shakes the earth. Rebels are so startled at the Lamb's wrath that they run for the shelter of caves. The earth and all its people and nations are brought to judgment by the Lamb of God. The world is judged by the wrath of God "in the presence of the Lamb" (Rev. 14:10,19). As in the time of Passover, those who are found covered by the blood of the Lamb shall not be subject to the wrath of the Lamb.
The Lamb assumes the throne of God as the united nations gather to acknowledge Him (Rev. 7:9-10). This same Lamb becomes a Shepherd who leads His beloved sheep to living fountains of waters (Rev. 7:17). These life-giving and healing waters proceed from the throne of the Lamb (Rev. 22:1).
The Lamb's Book of Life (21:27) contains all the names of those who have been washed in the blood of the Lamb since creation. They have eternal life in the presence of the Lamb. Those whose names are not written in this book do not find life nor blessing, but everlasting absence from the presence of the Lord's Lamb. Christ was nailed to the cross at Calvary as the sacrificial Lamb of God, but the sign on the cross called Him a King, He exchanged a crown of thorns for a crown of glory.
God's covenant with Israel's sons is fulfilled in the Lion of the tribe of Judah, "and to Him shall be the obedience of the people." (Gen. 48:10).
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