LION OF JUDAH
not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah... has prevailed
to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals" (Revelation
the most striking of the messianic titles is that of the "Lion
of Judah." This description of Jesus is rooted in Genesis
49:8-10. In this portrait are embodied the qualities of dignity
and strength, majesty and sovereignty, wisdom and prowess,
courage and conquest. The lion is regarded as the uncontested
ruler of the animal domain. As the Lion of Judah, Jesus Christ
is the sovereign administrator of the universe.
portrait depicts Christ as the Lion of Judah who has prevailed
over the forces of evil. Having prevailed, Christ has become
the only person in all the universe with the inherent right
to open the scrolls (see Revelation 5:7). No one else is competent
to do so. "The Lion of the tribe of Judah... has triumphed.
He is able to open the scroll" (Revelation 5:5, NIV).
This is good news for the human race. "The Lion of Judah...
has triumphed" because He is able. This gives a ring
of certainty to the outcome of the plan of salvation. In His
unique role as Lion of Judah, Christ is able to champion the
cause of His people, vindicate the character of God, guarantee
the salvation of all who accept Him, and finally restore forever
the lost dominion.
Jesus is able, the outcome of God's redemption strategy is
already settled. The apostolic message is unambiguous: "The
Lion of the tribe of Judah... has prevailed" (Revelation
5:5, NKJV). The victory is won forever. But there is still
more good news. Not only has Christ conclusively won the victory
over sin and death, He also "gives us the victory through
our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:57, NKJV). Ellen
G. White confirms this fact: "As the Lion of Judah, Christ
will defend His chosen ones and bring them off victorious."--The
Home Missionary, November 1, 1893.
Prayer Today: Lord, because the Lion of Judah has
triumphed, I am more than a conqueror. Amen!