Friday, January 8, 2010

Jesus the Lamb and Lion: The Conquering Lion

Dr. David R. ReaganPDFBy Dr. David R. Reagan

The image of the conquering lion was used by the Hebrew prophets to symbolize what we refer to as the Second Coming of the Messiah. The Messiah was pictured as a roaring lion who would come to pour out the wrath of God upon those who have rejected the grace, mercy, and love of God.

Jesus the Lamb and Lion

I want to give you some examples of this. The Old Testament's full of them.

Isaiah 31:4-5, "As the lion or the young lion growls over his prey, so will the Lord of hosts come down to wage war on Mount Zion. The Lord of hosts will protect Jerusalem. He will protect and He deliver it will pass over and He will rescue it."

This example from Jeremiah 25:30 I love, "The Lord will roar from on high and utter His voice from His holy habitation. He will roar mightily against His foe. He will shout like those who tread the grapes against all the inhabitants of the earth."

Consider this passage from the minor prophet Hosea in chapter 11 beginning with verse 10. "The Lord will roar like a lion indeed He will roar, and His sons, the Jewish people, will come trembling from the west. They will come trembling like birds from Egypt and like doves from the land of Assyria and I will settle them in their houses."

Also consider this one from Joel chapter three where Joel speaks of the battle of Armageddon. He says, "Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision. For the Day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon grow dark and the stars lose their brightness and the Lord roars from Zion and utters his voice from Jerusalem and the Heavens tremble but the Lord is a refuge for His people and He is a stronghold to the sons of Israel." Wow!

In the last installment of "Jesus the Lamb and Lion," we will look at the role of Jesus Christ as the Lamb and the Lion in upcoming prophetic events.


hartdawg said...

this is a view of jesus that is often neglected. people often portrey jesus as this little wimpy wuss wearing sandels. i have a hard time fearing a God i can beat up. if we saw jesus today we`d see him as the lion. when john saw him he fell as tho he were dead. rev 19 is a passege i look to when it seems evil is winning. if jesus spoke creation into existence by speaking then you`re in trouble if he stands and comes after you. people dont know who they`re messing with. i`m glad he`s on my side.

Nathan Jones said...

LOL Hartdawg - "i have a hard time fearing a God i can beat up."

Thought came across my mind this morning about how it seems we're losing the spiritual battle here in the West as evil gains new ground daily. That's when the image of a weak Jesus comes to mind. In reality, though, it's the roaring lion playing "cat and mouse" with His prey (Ps. 2:4-5).

son of thunder said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the church supposed to represent Christ here on earth? And if so, I think a huge reason that evil is gaining new ground (aside from the fact that it's supposed to) is that the church represents the Lamb aspect of Christ.

I've always loved the way C.S. Lewis portrayed Jesus in his Chronicles of Narnia stories [yeah, I'm a 36 year old, balding factory-worker who likes the Chronicles of Narnia]: as a lion named Aslan who grows in power every time He reveals Himself. Lewis could have easily used the lamb, but he chose the lion: the warrior-king who laid down His life for His people.

hartdawg said...

thunder, i`m not going to correct you cuz you got it 1/2 right. its not that the church represents the lamb aspect thats the problem, its that the church ONLY represents the lamb aspect. the church needs to represents both aspects so you do, in fact have it half right. i say enough with the flannel-graph jesus.

Billy said...

Thunder, the one thing that immediately came to my mind after reading your comment was...

Churches have no problem using only the Lamb to bring people to Christ but can't seem to use the Lion to finish the job and make them strive to be Christ-like in their actions.

So I agree with you completely, we need churches to use the Lamb AND the Lion aspects of Christ.

(Dawg - you snuck in ahead of me :) but I'll post this anyway)

hartdawg said...

yup billy, you gotta be quick:) seriousley tho, why dont churches get it?

son of thunder said...

Hartdawg, you said exactly what I meant. I've been dealing with the flu, so I'm not running on all cylinders yet.

I think a large part of it we want people to like us. The world likes the "wimpy" Jesus, the God hartdawg could beat up :-). He's warm and fuzzy and gentle. If we were to represent the Lion Jesus...Katie, bar the door! People don't like Him. He's mean. He makes you feel bad. He convicts of sin.

Junbuggg said...

Well guys, being raised with five brothers and no sisters.....I tend to flow with the "Lion" Jesus. Far too often that presents me as being hard headed, stubborn, unrelenting, harsh, (where the heck is my Thesaurus!), unmoving in my belief, etc, etc, etc. (Never found the Thesaurus~ LOL) Surely you get the gist. I am no wimp when discussing the Bible and I have no problem calling things the way I see them. As Thunder will probably see next time he logs back on to the Christ in Prophecy facebook group and reads what my response was to Rodney about voting. :-/

How ya feeling today Thunder??

Zuzanna Musial said...

Dear Sir,

Thank you for the wonderful and explanatory blog that you created. There are many issues explained that makes the picture much lighter about the 'End of Times.'

Many blessings to you and yours
in Jesus name.

From Zuzanna Musial

lizzyha said...

Jesus is the great Conqueror, He whose voice raised Lazarus from the dead.His Power is unhampered by the world.That Baby in the manger was God's roar,His appointed shout that death was about to lose to His Mighty Lion.

Expected Imminently said...

As a 5’1 and a bit, greying old pensioner – even I could beat up that lily livered, soppy, kiss me quick impression of a ‘saviour’ the liberals present.