Courage, dear heart.

So I’ve had this worship song on repeat the last couple of days because it’s wrecking my heart with this long-known and yet fresh revelation.

About Jesus.

The chorus sings:

Our God is a lion. The Lion of Judah. He’s roaring with power. He’s fighting our battles. And every knee will bow before Him.

Our God is a lamb. The Lamb that was slain. For the sin of the world. His bloods breaks the chains. And every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb. Every knee will bow before Him.

It’s my meditation today and I just can’t get it out my mind and heart.

In Revelation 5, we are given this beautiful glimpse into a scene in heaven. A scene where Jesus has conquered and shown Himself as the One found worthy. A scene where He is described as the Lion of Judah. And then as the Lamb that was slain.

It seems like a paradox doesn’t it? How can someone be both like a Lion and a Lamb? The symbol of victory and the symbol of sacrifice? At the same time. The symbol of strength and the symbol of meekness? At the same time. The symbol of battle and the symbol of gentleness? At the same time.

Hosea 11 v 10 describes it like this.

They will follow the Lord; He will roar like a lion. When He roars, his children will come trembling…’

He will roar like a Lion, and yet instead of running in fear, we will run to Him. Right to Him. Right into His arms.

Because although He is a warrior, He is gentle. And although He is a Judge, He is merciful. And although He is a King, He delights in me.

He is victorious in His sacrifice. He is strong in His meekness. He fights for us as our defender so that the weak find their refuge in Him.

As I’m attempting to read it in Japanese just now, to quote some Narnia, talking about Aslan: ‘Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.’

He is Jesus.

He is God.

‘Courage, dear heart.’

Here are some photos from the last few days! 🙂

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