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.
Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
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