Last night a friend came over and we resumed our study of the book of Revelation which we had started a while ago. I know what you’re thinking – Revelation? Isn’t that the book about the end times and Armageddon and stuff? Some people think it reads more like a science fiction novel than a book in the Bible. While this book does describe many of the things that will happen, I was reminded that in the very first verse John says that it is “the revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave to Him to show to His slaves…” So even though it reveals many things, the primary focus of the book of Revelation is Jesus Christ. If we come to this book with our human curiosity with the goal of finding out what all the prophecies mean, we will not get much, except maybe a good script for a sci-fi movie. But if we approach this book focused on Christ, then in every chapter we will receive more appreciation and revelation concerning who He is.
So last night, after reading chapter 5, I really enjoyed that our Christ is the Lion-Lamb. This whole chapter is a description of Christ as the One before God’s throne, the only one worthy to open the scroll in God’s right hand. In verse 5, one of His titles is the “Lion of the tribe of Judah.” This title points, of course, to His kingly status and portrays Him as the One who has fought and overcome. To the enemy, our Lord is a lion – He’s fierce, He’s strong, and He’s the King. But after verse 5, Christ is referred to as the Lamb. He’s the Lamb “having just been slain” (v.6) and to Him has been given “the power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing” (v.12). What John saw was not a scary lion, but a gentle lamb. We might be afraid to approach a fierce lion, but not even a child would be scared to pet a little lamb. Hallelujah, our Lord is so approachable!
He is not just a lamb, but a slain lamb, which shows us that He’s the redeeming Lamb of God. Even in that day, before the throne, we will be reminded that He’s the One who was slain for us. Satan has every reason to fear this overcoming Lion, but we have no cause to worry, doubt or fear because the One before us is a redeeming Lamb. For eternity the Lamb will be on the throne, meaning that we will never have to worry or be fearful for our sins because He took them away and purchased us to be a kingdom and priests to God. As we enjoy Him as the Lamb, we actually become one with Him to reign on the earth (v.10). Worthy is the Lamb! To Him be the blessing and the honor and the glory and the might forever and ever, Amen!