Last blog, we talked about Jesus being the Lion and the Lamb, two very different characteristics and attributes of God. We realized that as the body of Christ, we too are very different in how we fight and our emotions and traits. Some of us may fight with words, some may fight with tears, and others may fight just as passionate in silence.
Although the Bible gives many references to Jesus as the lion and the lamb, there is actually only one verse that showcases both.
READ– Revelation 5:1-7
So, both the lion and the lamb refer to Jesus. He was the Lion of the tribe of Judah, as well as the lamb who was sacrificed for our sins.
Last blog, we discussed the attributes of the Lion and how we need that fierce ferocious warrior for some battles, but just as fierce and ferocious are the warriors who fight a little quieter, with a piercing beauty and words that cut like a sword.
Today, we are talking about the Lamb of God. The Lamb of God was the lion becoming the lamb, the lion of the tribe of Judah, stepping out of throne of heaven and becoming a man, then a living sacrifice.
The crazy thing is the name Lion of Judah is only used once in Revelation. The name Jesus and Jesus Christ are used 12 times in the book of Revelation. BUT the name Lamb is used 24 times in the 22 Chapters of Revelation! God always does the unexpected – a crowning lamb is used more than the Lion of Judah! That’s not to say the Lion was not as powerful, but it was the sacrifice, it was the heart, the surrender that took precedence.
Phil. 2:6-9– “who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name…”
We want to be more like Jesus, so what are some attributes of the lamb we can relate to?
Sheep are meek animals. They are usually very quiet and gentle, holding themselves aloof from the world. In a herd, all the sheep tend to listen to their leaders and show esteem to them. Because of the obedient character, sheep are among the most popular animals beloved by mankind. Sheep need a leader.
Psalms 37:11 – “The meek shall inherit the earth…”
Matthew 5:5– “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth…”
Colossians 3:12 – “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;”
Galatians 5:22-23– “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Ephesians 4:1– “I therefore the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love…”
Philippians 4:5– “Let your gentleness be known to all men”
How do we have the mindset of Jesus as the Lamb?
We show true humility, by putting others before ourselves.
Philippians 2:5– “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, butmade Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”
Lamb-like attitudes produce words of edification and praise
Because we’re learning to see others as Jesus sees them, we use our words to build unity in our families, workplaces, and churches. We make sure our wordsare tender and compassionate,rather than selfish and conceited.
Philippians 2:1-4– “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy,fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
Again, lamb-like attributes are meek, gentle, and selfless. We look out for others before ourselves and we cultivate unity in the body of Christ.
Lamb-like attitudes also generate works that bring Jesus glory
Philippians 2:13– “ for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things withoutcomplaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”
Our attitude flowsnaturally from a mind that seeks to “act according to his good purpose”
In Phil. 2:13, “we’re willing to be “poured out like a drink offering” for others.”
We put ourselves out there as a sacrifice on the earth as Jesus did for us and we expect nothing in return. We joyfully volunteer to do mundane tasks for others, not expecting anything in return.Their response does not concern us because we see even the mostmundane action as a sacrifice of praise to the Lamb of God.
The Lamb of God willingly “made himself nothing” for us, becoming a servant so he could redeem us. Are we equally willing to become a sacrifice of praise to him through our attitudes, words and actions?
We see throughout the scripture that while Jesus is both the lion and the lamb and they host very different characteristics;both were needed to accomplish His purposes. As His children, some of us carry one of those traits stronger than the other. We are all different, but the power in being warrior-sword-ready fierce is just as important and powerful as being meek, gentle andfighting with sacrifice and praise.