THEE LION AND THE LAMB
Rev. 5:5-6 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” ¶ And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
This is one of the most moving passages in the Bible. The Apostle John is in heaven, before the throne of God, and he is weeping uncontrollably. He understands that the scroll in the hand of God is the future and destiny of mankind and is quite disturbed because no one has the moral authority to open the scroll. At least that was true until the One Who is a lion and a lamb suddenly appeared. The man Jesus Christ is able to open this scroll of man’s future, He is the only sinless man and appears in heaven as our representative. Jonathan Edwards preached one of the greatest sermons of all time based on these verses called The Excellency of Christ. Here is an excerpt.
“John was told of a lion that had prevailed to open the book, and probably expected to see a lion in his vision; but while he is expecting, behold a lamb appears to open the book, an exceeding diverse kind of creature from a lion! A lion is a devourer, one that is wont to make terrible slaughter of others; and no creature more easily falls a prey to him than a lamb. And Christ is here represented not only as a lamb, a creature very liable to be slain, but a “Lamb as it had been slain,” that is, with the marks of its deadly wounds appearing on it.
That which I would observe from the words, for the subject of my present discourse is this,
the lion and the lamb, though very diverse kinds of creatures, yet have each their peculiar excellencies. The lion excels in strength, and in the majesty of his appearance and voice. The lamb excels in meekness and patience, besides the excellent nature of the creature as good for food, and yielding that which is fit for our clothing, and being suitable to be offered in sacrifice to God. But we see that Christ is in the text compared to both; because the diverse excellencies of both wonderfully meet in him.”
Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, He is all powerful and rules the world and the universe by His word. He Is the reigning King of kings. He is also the lamb of God. He was led to the slaughter like a lamb and yet remained silent. Today in heaven, this man still carries the scars of redemption in His body. So what is our response, worship of course. We join with the inhabitants of heaven singing praises to our great God.