Knowing Him By Name – Day 5: The Lion of the Tribe of Judah
Then one of the elders said to me,
The Lion from the tribe of Judah,
the Root of David,
has been victorious
so that He may open the scroll and its seven seals.”
~ Revelation 5:5
I have to confess that this is my all-time FAVORITE name of Jesus, and has been ever since I discovered Aslan in Narnia when I was a kid.
You look at a lion, and a lot of the time you will find them sleeping in the middle of the day, just like your cat at home. They look soft and cuddly and lazy.
But once in a while, you will catch a glimpse of them as something grabs their attention. They rise, focused on their prey or their adversary, and you see pure, raw strength. The fluffy kitty is transformed into a majestic creature that can make you shake just by looking into its golden eyes.
As they move, you can see the barely contained power rippling just underneath the surface of their coat.
There is a reason he is called the king of the jungle.
The Lion of Judah is kind and compassionate, and He can choose to portray meekness and mildness.
But was He meek and mild?
Can you imagine being in the presence of THE Lion of Judah when He got in the face of the Pharisees and Sadducees and called them out? Or when He turned over the tables of the moneychangers in the Temple? Or when He commanded the storm to sit down and shut up? Or when He got in Peter’s face and said, “Get behind me, Satan.”?
Can you sense the barely contained power – the Divinity – trying to break free from the human shell He chose to stick Himself in? I can almost imagine the air around Him becoming charged with something as the very molecules He created reacted to the Presence of the Creator.
Can you see it?
The Lion of Judah is not a tame lion, like we sometimes pretend. He will not stay in the little cage or box we try to stick Him in.
He isn’t safe. If safety is what you are looking for, you will be sorely disappointed.
But He is GOOD.
I’m linking up with Thorns and Gold to share Advent/Christmas posts this month.