Monday, October 6, 2008

A Lion-Like Lamb

This afternoon, while reading Revelation chapter 17, I came across this verse:

"They will make war on the lamb, and the lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful." (Rev. 17:14, ESV)

I think this quote from John Piper explains this verse very well:

"So this is no ordinary Lamb. He is a Lion-like Lamb. Look at [Revelation] 6:16 where men call to the mountains and rocks, 'Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.' And look at 17:14 where the final enemies of God fight against Christ: 'they will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings.'

In other words, he is a Lion-like Lamb.

So I conclude by stressing the main point: since Jesus is not merely a simple thing like a lion or like a lamb, but is a Lion-like Lamb and a Lamb-like Lion, therefore he is admirable and excellent and worthy to take the scroll and open its seals and bring this world to an end for the glory of his name and the good of his ransomed people.

And you can be among that number if you trust him as your Lamb, and submit to him as your Lion, and join the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders and the millions of angels to worship the King of kings with all your heart."

My prayer today is that everyone who reads this blog post will be among that number. Make it so, Holy Spirit, by taking this proclamation of the Word of God and making it effective in all of our lives. In Jesus' name believing, Amen.

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