Behold the Lamb (3)

Behold the Lamb of GodThe Lamb of God took away the sins of the world by His death. Now, in resurrection, He is still our Redeemer and is also revealed as much more in Revelation. This is the third of four posts on beholding the Lamb.

“And one of the elders said to me, Do not weep; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so that He may open the scroll and its seven seals. And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing as having just been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” (Revelation 5:5-6)

The Lion-Lamb

In verse 5:5 the Lord is the Lion of the tribe of Judah (the kingly tribe) and in 5:6 He is the Lamb. “He was recommended to the apostle John as the Lion of the tribe of Judah by one of the elders, but He appeared to John as a Lamb. As the Lion, He is the Fighter against the enemy; as the Lamb, He is the Redeemer for us. He fought to redeem us, and He won the battle over the enemy and accomplished redemption for us. To the enemy He is a Lion; to us He is a Lamb. Hence, He is the Lion-Lamb.”*

The Fighting Lamb

The Lamb has seven horns (5:6). In the Bible horns often signify strength for fighting. Christ our Lamb is the One who fights for God’s interests. We are kept by His strength, not by ours. His promise to us is “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). Therefore, like Paul we should say, “Most gladly therefore I will rather boast in my weaknesses that the power of Christ might tabernacle over me” (2 Cor. 12:9).

The Overcoming Lamb

In verses 17:14 the beast and the ten kings “will make war with the Lamb” and “the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings.” Because He has the highest position in the universe, He overcomes all opposition. At that overcoming time believers who are “called and chosen and faithful” (17:14) will be with the Lamb. Lord, keep us faithful to You every day.

The Enabling Lamb

We overcome the accuser “because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of our testimony” (12:10-11). The Lamb’s death on the cross is not only for our redemption but also enables our overcoming of the accuser. We also need to testify what the Lamb has accomplished, such as taking away sins, judging the world and the devil (John 12:31; 16:11), being resurrected, and being exalted to the highest place (Ephesians 1:20-21).

* From note 1 on Rev. 5:6 in The NT Recovery Version Online, © 1997-2012 by Living Stream Ministry.

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