Lion and the Lamb

Here in the Northeastern part of the USA we have a saying, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” This is a reference to the very cold and snowy days we experience in early March and the very mild days we can have as March comes to a close. It’s a strange comparison of a meek, quiet, gentle animal set against the king of the jungle, the mighty hunter.

The Bible makes this same contrasting picture when describing Jesus Christ. In some situations He is meek.  Matthew 11:28-29 … “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Here in Matthew 11, we see His compassion for our struggles, pain and guilt. He asks us to lay all that baggage upon Him and He will carry it for us.  As He carried our guilt to the cross 2000 years ago and gave us His righteousness.  2 Corinthians 5:21 … He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

The Apostle Paul also describes our Lord as gentle and meek. 2 Corinthians 10:1 … Now I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ.

Jesus, however, was not merely a meek, pushover.  He exhibited righteous anger when the situation called for it. Mark 11:15 … Then they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves;

There were other times when the Bible talks of His wrath, which existed alongside His protective compassion for those who trust in Him.  Psalm 2:12 … Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

And in God’s grand scheme, Jesus will be the victor over Satan and his demons. Revelation 17:14 … “These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”

And even those who deny Him as Lord in this life, will one day bow and worship Him. Revelation 13:8 … All who dwell on the earth will worship Him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

God wants us to mirror Jesus in our lives. He wants us to be gentle in how we deal with others. Be meek in sharing the Good News of our Lord dying so we could live. But He wants us to be strong and uncompromising when it comes to the Truth of the Bible. This world wants to be accepting of sin and the lie that there are many ways to God. We must be vigilant in telling the world that it is only by Jesus that we can be saved.

John 14:6 … Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

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