Today’s image is found in the book of Revelation where Jesus is referred to as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. This image is practically the antithesis of the Lamb of God suffering servant image and yet they work together. Here Christ is portrayed in His true power and might. In another passage the enemy is portrayed as a roaring lion roaming the earth seeking whom He might devour. He’s not the only lion in this show though. There is one far more powerful and He runs to the defense of all who will call upon His name. I am eternally grateful that He sacrificed Himself for me, but I am also grateful for all the times when the enemy was bearing down on me when Christ rushed in to rescue and protect me.
A lot of people struggle with the Lion of Judah image, first because they are okay with a gentle lamb who dies to save them but they don’t really want a king to rune over them. But I think it’s more than that. Lions are wild and unpredictable. They’re not easy to cage, not easy to put in a box. I’m glad about that. I echo C.S. Lewis from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Speaking of Aslan (the Christ figure Lion character) he writes, “He’s not a tame lion, but He is good.” Don’t try to tame Jesus, let Him be the lion He is. Trust me, that is a big part of who we all need Him to be.