Big Daddy Weave released a song in 2015 entitle The Lion and The Lamb. Here are a couple of lines from the song:
Our God is the Lion, the Lion of Judah
He’s roaring with power and fighting our battles…
Our God is the Lamb, the Lamb that was slain
For the sin of the world, His blood breaks the chains
This song poetically communicates the power of Jesus as the Lion and the meekness of Jesus as the Lamb. How can both images be wrapped up in one Person? Such is the wonder of who Jesus is and what He has accomplished for us.
Jesus the Lion
Jesus is described as a Lion. Read Revelation 5:5:
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, NIV).
John is taking a tour of Heaven and in the throne room of God, he is mesmerized by the sights he sees. All the worship is going to the throne where God sits. And, in the Father’s hand is a scroll. But John notices that no one is worthy to open the scroll, and he begins to weep. If no one can unseal the scroll, the plan of God cannot be unfurled on the world. But one of the elders who is there worshipping God tells John to not weep because the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” can open the scroll.
Jesus as a Lion shows His power and strength. He is able to do what needs to be done. He is ruler. He is King. He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
Jesus the Lamb
One verse later, in Revelation 5:6, Jesus is described as a Lamb.
Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth (Revelation 5:6, NIV).
Not only is Jesus pictured as a Lamb, but the Lamb who has been slain. Jesus is the sacrificial Lamb. He is the perfect sacrifice who has paid the penalty for the sins of the world. Because of His willingness to go to the cross of Calvary, Jesus became the Lamb who was slain.
Jesus as Lamb shows His submissiveness to the Father. He willingly laid down His life. As the Lamb, Jesus shows His love, His grace, and His mercy. He is the Lamb who has been slain.
So, is Jesus the Lion or the Lamb? Both. The Almighty King of kings and Lord of lords graciously gives His life so that the sins of all who place their faith in Him as Savior and Lord can be forgiven. Only in Jesus can the strength of the Lion and the love of the Lamb be interconnected as one.