All Christians know, and many heathen, that Jesus is the Lamb of God? He was and remains God’s sacrifice for the sins of all mankind. Jesus was sacrificed (offered as an appeasement) to pay God’s demand of death for sin. John the Baptist first called Jesus the Lamb of God. John the Apostle saw the Lamb of God twenty eight times in the Revelation.
Then there is the other Jesus for those who do not know Jesus as their Savior. To them the other Jesus is another beast – a predatory lion. He is pictured as the Lion (capital L) in the Revelation. John wrote, “And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.” Rev 5:5
When John turned to see the Lion he saw the sacrificed Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. Why then was John told to look at the Lion? Because Jesus Christ the Lamb is also the Lion. How is He the Lion? The basis for this is found in Jacob’s blessing of his sons in Genesis chapter 49. (1) Israel’s tribe of Judah was symbolized by the lion. (2) Jesus’ legal lineage was that of King David who was of the tribe of Judah. (3) Jesus is the prophesied Shiloh (Ruler) of Jacob’s blessing to Judah, the lion tribe.
Surely we know that lambs and lions differ greatly in their ways. Mainly, lambs are gentle and herbivorous while lions are predatory carnivores. These two animals typify the two comings of Jesus Christ. He came the first time in the likeness of a lamb. He was gentle, meek and submissive even to His enemies who crucified Him making Him our sacrificial Lamb. He will forever be the sacrificial Lamb.
The other Jesus will assume characteristics more similar to a rampaging lion. A hungry lion on the prowl will chase, capture and consume prey. When Jesus returns all unbelievers will be His prey. He will destroy the armies gathered against Him in Israel. (Rev 19:11-21) All unbelievers who survive the Lion’s return will live under His “rod of iron” rule. Psalm 2:9 Yes, Jesus will return as the Lion to the lost world.
We Christians are so thankful for knowing Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God. Many lost people have heard of Jesus being the Lamb of God but have not heard about Jesus as the Lion. Perhaps if we could tell them about the Lion of God they would be persuaded to come to the Lamb of God. Everyone will meet either the Lamb or the Lion.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we are so thankful for knowing Jesus as the Lamb of God. We will never meet Him as the Lion but we know there are many who will. DEAR LORD, HELP US TO TELL THEM ABOUT THE OTHER JESUS, JESUS THE LION, WHICH MAY BRING THEM TO JESUS THE LAMB.