We look to a groundhog to tell us how much winter remains. We think the color of the caterpillar will tell us how bad the winter will be. On March, 1st we watch to see if March will come in as a lion or a lamb. If it comes in as a lion, then it will supposedly go out as a lamb, and vice versa, if it comes in as a lamb then it will go out as a lion. As I sit here in my office typing this blog, I’m pretty sure March is coming in as a lion.
Unlike today’s weather, Jesus came in as a lamb. He came to give His life as a sacrifice for our sin. The first coming of Jesus was as a gentle lamb, who willingly laid down His life to rescue all those who will believe in Him. Born in Bethlehem to the virgin Mary was the precious Lamb of God. In meekness and humility, He came to serve.
“He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.” Isaiah 53:7
“Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” I Peter 1:18-19
The second coming of Christ will be as a lion, the Lion of Judah. His first coming was to give His life a ransom. His second coming will be with a roar. He came in as a Lamb, but one day He will return as a lion. He will set things right and bring peace on Earth.
“…Do not weep. Behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed…” Revelation 5:5
Now, each of us has a choice. Either we embrace the Lamb of God as Lord and Savior now or face the roar of the Lion when He returns. Right now, the Lamb of God offers grace and forgiveness through His shed blood. At His second coming the Lion will not show grace or mercy, He will come in judgment and wrath.
“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18
“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” I John 5:12
The Lamb took the wrath for our sin upon Himself on the cross, so if we repent of our sin and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior in this life, we will not have to face the wrath of the Lion of Judah at our death or His second coming.
Lion or lamb? You choose.
Life is a Journey, learn on the way!
‘Till next time, stay in the Scripture!