What does the Lion and the Lamb have in common? Perhaps it is the fact that they both start with the letter “L” and are both 4-letter words. One major difference would be the former is undoubtedly known to be the King of the Jungle and the other is just another ordinary domestic animal.
The lion is known to be a ferocious creature that shows no mercy to its enemies and slaughters its prey whenever it desires it. The lamb on the other hand is one humble, harmless animal that grazes and calmly waits to be slaughtered for food.
Our God who bears the name “the Lion of the tribe of Judah”, who rules this jungle we call the world and protects His own from their enemies and destroys His enemies in His righteous wrath later makes Himself the sacrificial lamb to be slaughtered as He is crucified on the Cross. He then earns the title “the Lamb of God.” Why would the Lion who loves to tear up his prey surrender Himself to be slaughtered like a Lamb?
Amazingly, it is because of another great word that starts with the letter “L.” It was LOVE which drove our Lord to leave His majestic throne to deliver His wayward human creatures from the bondage of sin and death by dying in our place on the Cross. When someone asks, what is love? Just tell him or her, God is love. Only love will make someone die for another. Only love would make God lay down his life for us.
If anyone disputes how a Lion can become a Lamb because of love, tell him or her that Love can turn anyone’s hardened heart of stone into a softened heart of flesh. Now that our Lord has offered his body and blood to us as bread and wine, why not accept it and dine with Him? As Spurgeon quotes, “Christ’s body as bread not eaten is His body dishonored.”
I have always admired the Lion because of the authority it carries and the air around it as it walks because it knows it rules the jungle. As for the lamb, I never gave it much of a thought…. I only saw it as a helpless animal waiting to be slaughtered. But now I see things differently. Does the love of God dwell in you richly enough to make you reach out to those who are perishing? I hope it does.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” John 1:14 (KJV) He came down to earth for us, why don’t you help take someone up with you?