The Lamb and the Lion
“The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God!’”
(John 1:35-36, NIV)
The day before, Scripture tells us that John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. After this, John saw the Spirit of the Lord come down from heaven like a dove and rest on Jesus. God gave John the revelation that Jesus was His Son. In the verse above, John does not refer to Jesus as the Son of God, but rather the “Lamb of God.” We see John speaking prophetically about Jesus’ mission and divine purpose. This is very important when you consider Old Testament references to unblemished and spotless lambs. They were used as instruments of sacrifice. God’s people would examine their flock and select a lamb without blemish and bring it to the priest. The lamb was killed and their blood was poured upon the altar as a sacrifice to God.
This lamb was different. The Lamb of God went willingly to the cross. He came for the sole purpose of: (1) preaching the Gospel, (2) healing the sick, (3) casting out demons, (4) training and equipping His disciples, (5) dying on the cross and washing away the stains of man’s sin with His blood, (6) going to hell so we would not have to, and (7) rising from the tomb on the third day.
Child of God, we must always remember that the Lamb of God was transformed into a mighty Lion. The Lion overcame the chains of death, defeated Satan and rose again. The Lion, our Christ, sits on the throne at the right hand of God and reigns with great power, and majesty. I encourage you to give thanks to Jesus today for who He is and for what He has done in your life. He is both the Lamb and Lion of God.
Father, thank you for the sacrifice of Jesus, the Lamb, on the cross. Jesus, after you were lifted up, God gave you a seat at His right hand and made your enemies your footstool. I kneel before you, Lamb and Lion of God. Holy Spirit, teach me to trust you at all times. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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