Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Lion and the Lamb

Recently, I had the privilege to be a part of the 2009 student ministry program, Discipleship Now. The theme for the weekend was God’s Crazy Love. All of the lessons and spiritual bullet-points for the students were laced in the compassion, mercy, grace and love of God. While these are all vividly accurate descriptions of our heavenly father, I immediately struggled with defining the magnitude of these attributes that are – by definition – impossible for humanity to comprehend.

As I prayed the first night for guidance on the lessons, God spoke to me a very real, semi-scary, manner. He reminded me that to feel the weight of the anchor, we must weather the storm. In other words, to truly feel the power of God’s grace, mercy and love – we must first know the range of His wrath.

Our God is not weak, He is a warrior. He does not say, “It’s alright”, He says “The wage of sin is death.” Period.

Joshua 11:20
“For it was the Lord himself who hardened their hears to wage war against Israel, so that he may destroy them totally, exterminating them without mercy…”

Exodus 15:3
The Lord is a warrior, the Lord is his name.”

Revelation 6:16
“For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”

There is a reason that God is called the Lion and the Lamb. Lions are opportunist hunters, it does not matter the age, gender, health or maturity of their prey. I read once that lions do not test their potential prey for weaknesses; they can see from afar what kind of creature they are approaching.

How much greater would we appreciate the Lamb of Christ, if were eye-to-eye with the Lion?

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