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The Conquering Lion

March 11, 20121 Comment

But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”(Rev 5:5 NKJV)

John the Baptist, cried out “Behold!  The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”  The Apostle John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, just plain cried! He cried because he looked around and couldn’t see anyone who was worthy to open the scrolls. Eventually an Elder came to him and comforted him with some good news.  The Elder told John, all was not lost, and that there was one that was worthy and who had prevailed; this one had conquered, and He was able to open the scrolls; The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David!

The Lion of the tribe of Judah, this is the title given to the conqueror, the one who overcame the world, the only one who is and was worthy, Jesus.  There was an announcement put out, a strong angel stood and asked, who’s worthy.  In all of the earth, under the earth, and even in heaven, no one even attempted for all already knew they were not worthy, they couldn’t even look at the scroll!  The view from God’s throne must be splendid, it included everyone who ever existed, a plethora of people, some “good” or others “bad”, but to approach the throne and take the scroll, all were unworthy!

Self-righteousness misses the point of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, Jesus our worthy one, who conquered.  Somewhere between reading our bibles, church attendance and you know being a “good a Christian”, self-righteousness can creep into our hearts.  Yeah, we might not have sinned the same way that we used to, and we probably don’t sin like our friends and/or other people that we see or read about, but are we worthy now.  This is the goal of self-righteousness, it will have us comparing ourselves to others, and measuring ourselves to ourselves.  We can eventually conclude that since we don’t sin like Bob down the street, or haven’t killed like one of the murderers portrayed on the news, and since we’ve been a “good Christian” that we are becoming worthy.  The truth of the matter is, we are not worthy, and we’re not being made worthy either, the bible never says that.  All that we receive from God, our salvation and justification, is all built upon the worthiness of Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah.

Lets stay dependent, Jesus is the way to God, and Jesus has made a sure way for us to get back to the Father.  I think part of the death to self daily is to us out of the way, so that its just Jesus, and that way when we get to the Father we won’t be tempted to say we helped Jesus along the way.  Blessing to you!

My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

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