These of us who’ve lived on this a part of the nation for a protracted time period are aware of the outline of our climate throughout this time of yr. If March is available in like a lamb, it can go away like a lion. If it is available in like a lion, it can depart like a lamb. With the type of climate we’ve got been having this winter, it could be good to obtain “lamb” climate somewhat than “lion” climate.
There’s one other lamb-lion description that may be discovered on the pages of scripture. Jesus, at his first coming into the world, is pictured as a lamb, however his second coming has him coming like a lion (The “Lion of the tribe of Judah”).
John the Baptist launched Jesus with these phrases, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world,” (John 1:29). A short while later, he repeated the identical assertion (John 1:36). The apostle Peter described Jesus the identical method when he wrote that we’re redeemed, “by the dear blood of Christ, as of a lamb with out blemish and with out spot,” (1 Peter 1:19). “Lamb” utilized in these passages refers to a lamb that was born and raised to grow to be a sacrificial lamb on the temple in Jerusalem.
An Ethiopian official, whereas studying the Previous Testomony scriptures on his return from Jerusalem, was studying the passage in Isaiah 53:7-8, which states “He’s introduced as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep earlier than her shearers is dumb, so He didn’t open his mouth.” The Holy Spirit directed Philip to satisfy this man and to clarify that the scripture passage was referring to Jesus who got here and died for our sins, (Acts 8:30-35).
The Lord instituted animal sacrifices within the Previous Testomony as a part of the worship system. Christ got here as God’s good sacrifice and paid the total value for our sins by shedding his blood on the cross of Calvary. The completed redemptive work of Christ signifies that he died as soon as for all to pay for all of our sins. “However this Man, after He had provided one sacrifice for sins eternally, sat down on the proper hand of God, from henceforth ready till His enemies be made His footstool. For by one providing He has perfected eternally those that are sanctified,” (Hebrews 10:12-14).
The second coming of Christ, described within the guide of Revelation, refers 29 occasions to Christ as a lamb. However his operate won’t be as a “sacrificial” lamb however as a “sovereign” lamb. The query in Revelation 5 is who’s worthy to open the guide and to free the seals (Rev. 5:2) that comprise the judgments of God which can be coming to this world. The reply is, “Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the guide and to free the seven seals thereof,” (Rev. 5:5). Later a choir of many angels sing, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to obtain energy, and riches, and knowledge, and energy, and honor, and glory, and blessing,” (Rev. 5:12).
Christ got here the primary time as a lamb to offer and to supply us salvation. He’ll come the second time as each a lamb and a lion, to rule the world in judgment. It’s best to just accept the sacrifice for our sins that Christ achieved in His first coming, in order that we could keep away from the judgment accompanying his second coming to this earth.
Rev. Martz has been within the pastoral ministry since 1962. He’s actively concerned in pulpit provide and interim pastorates. He and his spouse Jackie dwell in Thurmont and conduct a weekly Bible examine of their dwelling.