5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits[a] of God sent out into all the earth.
I love this imagery. Jesus is described both as the lion and the lamb. First, the elder calls him the Lion of Judah, which evokes the fiery imagery of a ferocious and strong animal. Yet when John looks he sees a lamb that was slain, a paradox of what the elder had declared. This is powerful symbolism, Jesus did the work of a lion by becoming a lamb. It is the beautiful imagery not only of Christ but of the kingdom of God. There are power and strength of the lion in the kingdom which is activated by taking on the form of a sacrificial servant. It is not either or, but both and.
How does my life reflect the bold reality of the lion of Judah, and the humble reality of the lamb that was slain? How often do I recognise we worship a saviour who won the most ferocious fight against sin of all time by becoming a sacrifical lamb. Pondering on this leads me to worship and glorify God!
Father, thank you for the lion of Judah, for the lamb that was slain. Thankyou for sending Jesus who paid the price and purchased me back from the darkest place. You are worthy to be praised!