THE LION AND THE LAMB
Rev. 5:6 ¶ 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.
Several years ago I was flying back across the Pacific ocean after an international ministry trip. It was shortly after I had been introduced to the ministry of Jonathan Edwards, and I was reading one of his sermons, “The Excellency of Christ”. I was caught by surprise by his description of the diverse excellencies seen in the person of Jesus Christ. I was literally undone as I read his thoughts about the lion and the lamb described in John’s vision. He spoke of the mercy and the justice, the weakness and the power, the sovereignty and the resignation, the sufficiency and the dependency found in Christ. Edwards described the almost conflicting characteristics found in the person of Christ. What an amazing Savior we have in Christ. Pastor A.B. Simpson also has some powerful observations on this vision.
“This is the most sublime vision of the Lord Jesus Christ in the whole book of Revelation. As the evangelist stands looking into heaven, he beholds a scroll containing, it would seem, the purpose and the will of God for the future ages, sealed. No man in earth or heaven was able to open the scroll, or loose the seals. Suddenly an angel turning to him, explained that the mystery was about to be solved and that One had been found that was able to loose the seals and open the scroll. It was the Lion of the tribe of Judah, who had prevailed to loose the seals “and open the book.” As John stood looking for the Lion, lo! it was a Lamb, bearing the crimson marks of suffering and death, and yet, on closer inspection, wearing also the insignia of infinite power and wisdom, for he had seven horns and seven eyes, the types of perfect power and perfect knowledge.”
What an incredible picture of our Lord. I need Him to be a lion and I need Him to be a lamb. How often do I need His tenderness, compassion, mercy and understanding portrayed in the Lamb of God. He leads us like a flock of sheep and wipes away the tears from our eyes. I need His healing touch when I am sick and I need His compassionate counsel in my times of trouble. I also desperately need the Lion of the tribe of Judah. I need His strength to uphold me, empower me, defend me and correct me. I need Jesus Christ, I need His humanity and I need His deity. In this same vision John described the seven fold manifestation of the Spirit. It is through the person of the Holy Spirit that the Lord opens our eyes and our hearts so that we can see and receive this precious Savior. Come quickly Lord Jesus.