Lion and the Lamb

What Does This Song Say?

During the season of Lent we prepare ourselves for the second coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Lent is about remembering the sacrifice of Christ. The love of God was poured out for us as the blood of Christ was poured out for our sins. The wrath of God was poured out on Christ as He hung on the cross. This wrath is now satisfied. The punishment for our sins and wrongdoing has been placed on the person of Jesus. The Lamb of God was slain for us and for our sins. Jesus, the Lamb is also called the Lion of Judah. He is both the conquering Lion and the Lamb who was slain. Our God is more powerful than a lion and more vulnerable as a lamb. Our God humbled Himself for the people and things He created.

This song begins with a picture of the second coming of Jesus Christ, when “every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:10). All of our chains will be broken and the children of God will finally be full and free. Verse 2 of the song shows the need for us to let God into our hearts because he is “here to set the captives free.” For who can stop the Lord Almighty?

When God proposes a plan of action, He acts according to that plan. God says, “On my mountain I will trample him down (Isaiah 14:25).” God has promised to trample the enemy on the mountain and remove the burdens from the shoulders of His people. When God makes a promise, he never backs down from it. To fulfill this promise, God gave us His son, Jesus, to trample the enemy (Satan) on the mountain of the Lord, on the cross where He was crucified.

In Revelation 5, John writes about a Lion of Judah who has conquered. He also writes about a Lamb standing among the elders as though it had been slain. He is both the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy and the perfect and ultimate sacrifice for our sins. There is nothing that can stop the Lord from fulfilling his purposes (Isaiah 14:24).

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Isaiah 14:24-27

“The Lord Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen. I will crush the Assyrian in my land; on my mountains I will trample him down. His yoke will be taken from my people, and his burden removed from their shoulders.” This is the plan determined for the whole world; this is the hand stretched out over all nations. For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?”

Hosea 11:10

“They will follow the LORD; He will roar like a lion. When He roars, His children will come trembling from the west.”

John 1:29

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

Philippians 2:10-11

“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Revelation 12:11

“And they overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

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