In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
Do you remember that poem from childhood? I do. We learned it in the first grade back when I lived in Nevada and we had actual real-life seasons. I moved to Arizona in the second grade, and I don’t ever remember hearing that poem again…
Easter — or Resurrection Sunday as some call it — falls in March this year. That got me to thinking about the old childhood poem. After all, Jesus is both the Lion and the Lamb, isn’t He? At first I thought March was too early for Easter, but now, after remembering that poem, I have to say — I think it’s just about perfect.
Believers — me included — sometimes struggle with a lopsided view of Christ. Without meaning to, we often shape Him into either the Lion or the Lamb depending on what our current situation is. When we need someone to defend us, protect our reputation…or take vengeance on our behalf, we call on the Lion. When we need forgiveness, though, we call on the Lamb.
Jesus isn’t an either/or kind of Savior, though, is He?
In my Bible, the heading to Revelation chapter 5 reads: The Lion is a Lamb.
To anybody else, it might not make sense. To the believer, though, it is comfort and assurance. Our Savior is the Lion of Judah, the one who will open the scroll and break through the seals. He is a conqueror, filled with strength, power, and might.
That same Savior is a lamb, though — our sacrificial lamb. He put all of humanity before Himself. He loved creation enough to die in order to redeem it. He gave up His life out of selfless love knowing that, in doing so, He would give us all abundant life.
What a Savior we serve!
He is both power and love, strength and tenderness, vengeance and forgiveness.
Yes, indeed. The Lion is the Lamb and the Lamb is the Lion.
May you have an Easter filled with blessing and the remembrance of who Christ is and what He has done for you.
Heather loves coffee, God, her family, and laughter – not necessarily in that order! She writes approachable characters who, through the highs and lows of life, find a way to love God, embrace each day, and laugh out loud right along with her. And, yeah, her books almost always have someone who’s a coffee addict. Some things just can’t be helped. You can find Heather online at: www.HeatherGrayWriting.com