March 2013 is proving to be a lion upon arrival! Today I am sitting in my office watching a blizzard blow across the sepia landscape on the hillside directly across from my window. Every once in a while a spot of red appears in the tree as a bright male Cardinal lights on a branch. Our bird feeder is very busy today and the feathered traffic is rush hour speed! The tale is, in like a lion out like a lamb, correct?
This morning I was thinking about that little phrase and how it relates to this season of passion that is upon us. The Passion of the Christ – like a lamb, He laid down on the altar of sacrifice. He laid Himself down, in obedience to His Father.
Sheep are known to be dumb. Isaiah 53. 7 says, He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.
Sounds insulting to the beloved Son of God, Jesus Christ, doesn’t it? Dumb? Not sticking up for Himself? Not speaking out? A lamb to His own slaughter?
But, Church, He is going out as a roaring Lion.
The Lion of the Tribe of Judah. (Revelation 5.5)
No more lamb. No more altar. No more slaughter. No more sacrifice.
The Roaring Lion.
For His Bride.
For His Church.
Do you hear His roar?