“Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Revelation 5:5
In all honesty, Lion of Judah is one of my favorite names of Jesus. This name draws me back to C. S. Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia...every time. These books and movies have fixed the picture of Jesus as the powerful lion, Aslan, in my heart and mind. In Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Lucy asks Mr. Beaver innocently if Aslan is safe.
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver. “Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
My heart shatters every time I read or watch this part.
No… Jesus is not safe…but He’s good…
Did you hear me?
He’s so good!
We confuse His meekness and humility with weakness, but my Jesus, the Lion of Judah, is not weak. He is not a pushover nor is He timid. He is fierce like a lion, and He stands with power. We see flashes of this when He turned over the tables of the merchants and collectors in the temple (Matthew 21:12-13).
The name “Lion of Judah” also speaks of His perfect faithfulness to keep His promises, and one day…
When the Lion of Judah returns as He has promised He will, the kingdom of darkness will tremble before Him as He pronounces justice…complete, perfect justice! This thought screams in my heart and my mind on days when I see His followers being beaten down, tossed about, and slain by the enemy…on days when it seems the enemy is scattering and dividing His believers and the Church…when fear and discouragement seem to dominate.
Is He safe? No…but He’s good…I tell you, and He is faithful.
Jesus, mighty Lion of Judah, Your strength brings comfort…Your faithfulness whispers reminders of hope. Your enemies are powerless before you. Remind me…Teach my weak and fearful heart once more how majestic are You are. May my response always be that of greatest humility, adoration, and worship. Amen.