The Lamb vs. The Lion

Everyone feels differently about rainy days and thunderstorms. I enjoy an occasional gray, rainy day. As I sit here writing, I hear the thunder rumble off in the distance. The patter of a gentle rain delights my soul as it nourishes the spring flowers. A dreary day is a perfect time to stay indoors and enjoy a nice cup of steaming tea.


But, this is springtime in Oklahoma. I watch the rain to see if it strengthens. I listen for the chirp of my weather alarm to alert me to any severe weather. A gentle storm can become dangerous quickly around here. Tornado sirens can send us scrambling into our storm shelters. Or, at least into the street to watch the storm develop. Weather can change quickly.

Isaiah 53:7 “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.”

Do you view Jesus as the lamb or as the lion? Many times, I think we want to see Him only as a lamb. I love the picture that shows a lamb lying down with a lion beside it. We want to see Jesus as gentle and meek, full of love for everyone. The picture of God as a roaring lion scares us like the Oklahoma severe weather scares people. We prefer to see a gentle Jesus.

But, what are we missing if we only see Jesus as a lamb? I think seeing Jesus only as a lamb allows us to overlook the consequences of our sin. God loves us no matter when or how much we sin. Romans 3:23 reminds us “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” But, we must also be aware of the words in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The Lion of Judah will judge our sins someday in the future.

Mark 1:15 “and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

We want a meek, loving God to ignore our little sins. But, we want the Godly Lion to punish those who commit big sins like murder. Paul warns us against this kind of thinking in Galatians 6:8 “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” God views all sin in the same way. Do not be deceived by the worldly view of Jesus as only a lamb. Be alert and watch for the signs of sin in your life. Repent before the Lamb turns into the Lion of Judah who looks to destroys the unrepentant.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believes in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.”

Oh no, just like that, my gentle rain shower has changed. The storms are turning severe with tornado warnings. The area is advised to take shelter to protect our lives. Like the weather, we must always be aware of the things happening around us to avoid feeling the wrath of the Lion.

Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

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27 thoughts on “The Lamb vs. The Lion

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      I agree and I appreciate you visiting. Thanks and God bless

  1. I love this reminder! My Bible study ladies and I were just talking about how we always see Jesus as the servant and forget He is also the One riding on the white horse, conquering all! Or the Lion, too. 😉

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      So true Emily. Thanks for visiting and God bless

  2. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    Powerful message, Yvonne! We prefer the Lamb because we like to keep Jesus where we can dictate things and where He will overlook our sin. But that was why the Lamb had to die! The penalty for our “little sin” is death!, Furthermore, unless we recognize Him as the Lion, we will never understand the magnitude of His sacrifice as the Lamb. Jesus, we thank you for your great sacrifice as the Lamb and we bow down and honor you as the Lion, who is coming back soon!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Beautiful words Melissa. The king of the world died for his created beings. So hard to fathom. Amen and God bless

      1. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
        Melissa McLaughlin

        So very hard to fathom! May we pause and stand in wonder and joy at what God has done for us, in drawing near forever, through His Son. Jesus, the King of the world! Blessings to you, dear sister!

  3. Such good reflections, Yvonne. I think of Jesus as both because Scripture points out both I know in Revelation, the reference to the Lion of the tribe of Judah is thought to be Jesus Christ!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Karen. I appreciate your thoughts. God bless

  4. authordlv – Christian writer, author, blogger. Visit my site at https://www.stephendelavega.com.
    authordlv

    So true, Yvonne. I fall into that trap often, even though I know that eventually enough is enough. I’ve already received so much mercy, including the years before I knew what sin is. There’s no reason to believe His mercy will last. Thank you for this reminder.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      It is so easy to fall into this trap to try to make Jesus meek. Thanks Stephen and God bless

  5. I see Jesus as both the lamb and the lion. I love him, but I also fear him. This is quite similar to the way I felt towards my dad when I was a young boy, Love, fear, and respect at the same time.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen Will. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 1:7. God bless

  6. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    nancyehead

    I love this message reminding us to read the Bible completely and not just pick out one aspect and see Christ only that way.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen Nancy. So many people seem to only want to believe certain parts in our society. Thanks and God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      So very true. Proverbs reminds us that fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Thanks for visiting and commenting

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen. Thanks so much Jessica and God bless

  7. I like how you pointed out that, if we see him as the lion, we have to grapple with his power to overcome our sins and doubts. Excellent post, as always, and convicting. Thank you.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thank you Candice. He is our mighty Savior. God bless.

  8. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    Without Jesus having borne the wrath of God on our behalf, we would have no hope! I’m grateful that the gentle Jesus allowed himself to be crucified for me, for you, for the sins of the world, that those who believe in him need not face the wrath of God. What a merciful Savior!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      He is merciful and we are undeserving of it yet He gives it freely. Thanks Melinda and God bless

  9. Lisa Q – USA Midwest – Lisa Quintana blogs at ThinkDivinely, and also for the Women in Apologetics (WIA) ministry, where she currently serves as Vice Chair of Communications. ​Lisa also has her M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a B.A. in Communications (with news media emphasis) from Cal State University, Fullerton, and an A.A. in Christian Studies from Christian Life College, Illinois. Her articles have appeared in several Christian ministry sites. She teaches apologetics at her church in Wisconsin. She’s been involved in leading small group ministries for over 25 years, and recently began speaking at Christian conferences. Find Lisa on Twitter at @LisaQthinks.
    Lisa Q

    I think you’ve made an excellent point in this blog. Today, many Christians have reduced Jesus to just see Him as the Lamb. It’s easier to see Him this way—as if He turns a blind eye to our disobedience. But when Jesus resurrected, He overcame it all, and became the Lion, the One who conquered death and all it entails. He is now the Judge of all humanity and will judge us justly because He walked in our shoes—He knows what it means to be human. And this includes the Lion’s roar, at times, when necessary. Yes, we are forgiven (thank God!), but that does not give us license to forget that we cannot continue to ‘willfully’ sin. The Lion will roar at that, to be sure.

    Stay safe this Spring in those Oklahoma storms! Bless you. Lisa Q

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Lisa, our storm season is just starting so probably many more of those severe weather days ahead.

      Yes, it is so much easier to think of Jesus as soft and loving only so we don’t have to think about judgement. We are more concerned with how others see us and judge us. He is the Lamb but also the Lion. God bless

  10. Afi Pittman – Virginia Beach, Virginia – I love God and the color purple (the actual color and the movie). My life's calling is to help Christian women overcome life, relationship and professional challenges.
    Afi Pittman

    What you say rings very true to me. I see Him as both. I try my best to correct when I am convicted by him in my quiet time and when reading scripture. I know he is coming back and I want to be ready when he does.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Me too and He will return as the roaring lion. Thanks Afi and God bless

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