I’m not sure there is a grander picture in nature than the male lion. This is quite a statement considering the flight of an eagle, a serpent upon a rock, a pair of doves, a dog with its master, or a thousand other quality choices, but the lion, the perennial king of beasts, is something so above and beyond even the most majestic flight of the eagle.
Fearless. Wonderful. Beautiful. Unassuming yet reeks with power. God has a fondness for this animal, as He does all His creatures, but there is a special place in his mind, for the Lion of the tribe of Judah has yet to take His stride in this capacity. Lamb of God yes, and thankfully so, this was He who brought grace and truth, this was He who was ever about His Fathers business, this was He who was natures king.
Remember the birth of the Lord in a common stable? How fitting that the animals would share the company of a lamb, and witness the birth among births. But no lions at this time, as the Lord’s first coming was of a different nature. The baptist said of this Lamb that He would take away the sins of the world. He was correct. Isaiah said this Lamb would be led to the slaughter. He was correct. David said that all sheep are lost, and again the prophet wrote that ‘all’ have gone astray.’ All correct.
One salient point that we sometimes forget, but worth noting again and again, that upon this Lamb was laid ‘the iniquity of us all.’ This is troubling, humbling, and tremendous at the same time. Troubling because this ‘fit man’ deserved not the wrath of God. Humbling because sin has been dealt with, once and for all. Tremendous, because an offer of reconciliation has been made to the very ones guilty of this innocent mans death.
This Lamb of God is the saviour, Christ the Lord. The gospel is God’s wisdom in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. Crooked? Yep. Perverse? Moreso today than yesterday, worse yet tomorrow. Perilous times shall come saith the Lord, evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
Thankfully, God provided the anecdote, and it is simply to ‘continue in the things we have learned.’ Fitting that God chose a lion to fulfill His ways. Personally, I would rather meet the Lamb of God, than the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
Jerusalem will wail, men and women will mourn, others will rather have rocks fall on them than to meet the wrath of the Lion. Some will hear the wrath of the Lamb, but as a reminder that the babe of Bethlehem, was the Christ of Calvary.
Today is the kingdom of God’s patience. He intreats, he begs, He implores even through a simple post like this to flee from the wrath to come. After all, it is God’s creation; everything belongs to Him, so it may not be a bad idea to pay homage now.
The creator is the Redeemer, He is the God of nature, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was the Lamb of God, but who is also the Lion of God, who will in His time, unleash His righteous fury against all enemies of God.
Study the piercing eyes of both lion and lamb, the innocence and the ability to devour, the perfect distance upon the face, the size, shape, color, and awe of these creatures. Just think, one day, when the curse of sin is lifted, the lion and the lamb will once more take their place as common friends, thanks be to the One who put sin away.
This is the Saviour of the scriptures. This is my Lord. There is still room at the table, and if you haven’t, accept the invitation by the Lamb, and enjoy His feast.
For more thoughts on this creature, please see ‘why the lion’ @ this site