Last night I was given the privilege of sharing the message of the Lamb of God, and then hand the mike off to our eldest son Donald, who preached on the Lion of Judah.
This two part message showed the multi-dimensional personality of Jesus who became the sacrificial lamb that took our place on the cross, and also the sovereignty of Jesus, the Messiah from the Tribe of Judah, the King of Kings.
In preaching, you really can’t preach all that God puts in your spirit.
In the time we had, we highlighted the characteristics of the Lion and the Lamb. We wanted those in attendance to understand the significance of both natures.
We wanted to show how, we as his church, are called out of darkness into marvelous light. How we are commissioned as both priest and Kings in the kingdom.
As Priest we are expected to spend time in the presence of God so we walk boldly under the word and the power of our king.
We want his kingdom to come and so we join him, as priest and as kings, surrendering our lives to his rule and reign.
One goal of this teaching is to show the love of Jesus who gave up everything for us!
My question is, ” Shouldn’t we love him enough to fully surrender and give our lives?”
We cannot walk in the power and authority of Kings until we surrender to the nature of the lamb.
Reading from Revelations 5:1-6, and 10-12 ; The apostle John reveals that no man in heaven, no man in earth, or under the earth was able to open the book, and he wept much, because no man was worthy to open the seals on the scroll.
Remember this was a vision, he was seeing what was, what is, and what was to come. I believe he wept because he was well acquainted to what was coming.
This was and is the story of the fall of man! No one could save us, no man was worthy. It took the extreme love of God to send his very son to earth to die on a cruel cross for our redemption!
John was weeping because he was the disciple that Jesus loved! He was the disciple who laid his head on the chest of God. He heard Jesus heartbeat and he became one with it.
He must have remembered the cruel beatings that Jesus took and yet did not open his mouth.
He must have remembered the cross itself and how even in his death, Jesus forgave!
He forgave those who cruelly mocked him, spit on him and nailed his hands and feet to a cross.
Surely John wept that day as Jesus said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”
And surely John wept, when Jesus, said to Mary, “this is your son,” and to John, ” This is your mother.”
Here in this vision, the angels told John: ” Weep not: The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David has prevailed, to open the book and loose the seven seals.”
In verse 6, John says he looked and there stood a Lamb! There stood a lamb as it had been slain!
The angels announced the Lion of Judah, the root of David, and John looked and there stood the Lamb of God, as it was slain.
John saw love! John saw sacrifice! John saw the greatest love ever known to man!
And you too, must see the Lamb of God before you can ever walk in the power of God!
You must become intimately acquainted with the nature of the lamb of God, before you receive the inheritance of God.
The Lamb of God who gave up everything to redeem mankind!
God didn’t just send him, he volunteered to leave heaven and go to earth and die for the salvation of mankind.
Every disciple of Christ including John was persecuted severely for their association with Jesus. Every disciple was martyred except John who was given the privilege to care for Jesus mother on earth.
As disciples we must be willing to abide in the nature of Christ.
We must be willing to die to self and loose the fear of death, if we are to honor his worthy sacrifice.
If we are to live and reign in the power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and blessing of both priest and kings.
To walk in the power of the Lion of Judah, you must surrender to the nature of the Lamb.
When we come under the nature of the Lamb, we come into our true selves.
We know who we are in God.
We see unseen things
We conquer by yielding
We are made free by becoming bond servants
We find rest under a yoke
We reign by serving
We are exalted when we become humble
We become wise by being fools for Christ
We gain strength through weakness
We triumph through defeat
We live by dying
The Lion of Judah, the root of David, has given us this legacy!
1Peter 2: 9
We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a Holy nation, a peculiar people; that we should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
There is a power discovered under the cross.
There are so many aspects released through multi-dimensional nature of the Lion and the Lamb.
The Lion significance is powerful, full of glory, and in complete control of his surroundings!
The closest example we can provide in description of this is again John in Revelation 1: 10-12
John was in the Spirit on the Lords day, and heard a great voice behind him as a trumpet. The voice announced, ” l am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.”
It was Jesus Christ, and he asked John to record what he saw and send it to the seven churches.
John says, ” I turned around to see the voice speaking to me, and when I turned I saw 7 Golden Candlesticks.”
The Golden Candlesticks represents the 7 churches.
John said his hair was white like wool, as white as snow, his eyes like the flame of fire, his feet like fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace, and his voice as the sound of many waters.
In his right hand seven stars, out of his mouth an two edged sword, and his countenance was as the sun shines in his strength.
John says, ” When I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And, he laid his hand on me saying, ” Fear not, I am the first and the last. I am he that liveth, and was dead, I am alive forever more, amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
In these passages Jesus includes the churches. He is pronouncing blessings and much like Abraham, Issac, and Jacob blessed their descendants, Jesus is speaking over the churches. He is covering the future destiny of his people.
It may not seem like blessing, because there are rebukes, but if you reread the blessings of the patriarchs you will see both blessing and correction.
We all know God corrects those whom he loves.
Genesis 49: Jacob blesses his sons.
The blessing to Judah is the one of focus in this message.
V 8-10 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lions whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stopped down, he crouched as a Lion, an as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a law giver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him that the gathering of the people be.
Jacob and his sons would have been familiar with the Lion symbolism because there were Asiatic Lions in Palestine and in Egypt.
To understand the significance of the Lion in prophecy, look at the characteristics of the Lion.
The Male Asiatic Lion was the highest in number and in predatory dominance in the Middle East. Weighing in at 500 pounds, standing height at 6 ft, 6 inches, he was certainly above all others!
The Lion had a mane that was considered his glory. It is his glory that makes him king. When he roared, it could be heard 5 miles away! His roar warned his enemies to keep a safe distance from him. If any other Lion dared to challenge him by roaring back, he would hunt him down, as he was prepared to give his life in battle.
So the question must be asked, ” Who can stand in the presence of the Lion of Judah? ”
Who can stand when the Lion roars?
Why should we fear, when he lives in us?
Why fear, when you are part of his pride? If he is for you, who can stand against you?
Who can take from you, what has been surrendered to him?
1Peter 5:8 reckons the devil as a lion who walks about seeking whom he may devour? The old copycat!
Will not the Lion of Judah roar on your behalf?
He may not devour you! He may not devour your children. He may not take your home, your finances, your health, your vision, nothing can stop Gods redemptive plan! Not when your life is surrendered to him. He is the first born among many and we bow down!
Every knee will bow down and confess he is Lord! In heaven, and in the earth, and under the earth.
Yet, in all His glory and power and strength there is only one who has the power to hand your life over to the evil one and that is you!
But, if you will surrender your whole life to him, he will give it back to you. You will receive and live under, power, riches, wisdom, strength, and honor, glory and power.
We know this prophecy was initially fulfilled in Judah’s superiority among the twelve tribes,and when David took the Kingly throne of Israel. But, the ultimate final fulfillment is in the Messianic Reign of Christ when he returns to establish his eternal kingdom. You are seated with him upon the throne!
So young lions roar!