I remember as a little girl peering around my mom trying to read the colorfully decorated banners being carried down the aisle at church for the annual Christmas program—each with different names of God.
I suspect if you grew up in a Baptist church you remember this too.
“King of Kings”
“Lord of Lords”
“Lion of Judah”
For many years, I took those names for granted. I ran from God. I sat on the throne of my life. I made a mess of a lot of things.
The Lion of Judah pursued my heart. The Alpha and Omega had a plan since the beginning of time to fulfill His promises!
Years later, I realize those Names of God have deep meaning… powerful truth for us to hold onto.
And when I hear “Lion of Judah”, my heart is especially drawn to awe and worship.
For Christ is the kingly Lion of Judah described in Genesis 49, and the “scepter shall not depart from Judah”. As prophesied, Christ came from the the line of David through the lineage of Judah.
What’s more, when Jacob says that “the scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,” he was also proclaiming the eventual eternal kingdom of Jesus Christ. (Gen 49:8-10)
The gentle babe of the manger, the Christ of Christmas, is the Lion of Judah -who has prevailed and alone is worthy to open the scroll and will loose the seven seals ushering in the end of days —
In the book of Revelation, John describes his prophetic vision, “ And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. 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 5:1-5)
The Lion of Judah from Genesis to Revelation, from beginning to end, our God who did what He said He would do, what we celebrate at Christmas is, right now, at this very moment, doing what He says He will do.
He is in control.
He has us!
PLEASE KNOW THIS! That’s not just some aloof promise from a lofty, uninvolved-in-your-life God!
The Lion of Judah is accomplishing His purposes in my life, and in yours, and in our world.
In this day.
In your stuff.
He will complete the good works He has started in those who call Him Lord. (Phil 1:6)
Be confident of that!
Rest in His care.
Oh praise The Lion of Judah! The Christ of CHRISTmas!