Revelation 5:6 ‘Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the centre of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders’.
Leon Morris catches it elegantly when he writes: ‘When earth-bound men want symbols of power they conjure up mighty beasts and birds of prey. Russia elevates the bear, Britain the lion, France the tiger, the United States the spread eagle – all of them ravenous. It is only the Kingdom of Heaven that would dare to use as its symbol of might, not the Lion for which John was looking but the helpless Lamb, and at that, a slain lamb’!
Jesus is the victorious Lion that destroys Satan but the sacrificial Lamb who secures redemption for the saints.
Christ Jesus is both God in perfect omnipotence and the vulnerable sacrificial Lamb. The path to greatness lies in perfect surrender, seeking neither gain nor glory, but completely committed to following the path laid out before us. May we glorify the Lord every step that we take!
This is an excerpt from chapter five of my commentary on Revelation found here.
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