by Ian Pike
In this season, there is a danger that we can see Jesus as a baby – babies are cute but helpless. That is not the way that to see Jesus! He is called The Lion of The Tribe of Judah. The Lion is one of the most powerful animals in the animal kingdom and is named “The King of the Jungle”.
The nation of Israel started long ago as twelve tribes. One of the tribes was named Judah, and Judah played a prominent role in ancient battles. Judah was recognised as a tribe with authority who would lead the other tribes into battle.
The Lion of Judah reminds us of the authority and power of Jesus. There is not one situation where we need to be afraid because the Lord fights for us. Jesus told His disciples, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on the earth.” (Matthew 28:18)
In Revelation chapter 5, there is a scene where the Lion of the tribe of Judah is pointed out as the one who has triumphed over all - and been handed all authority by the Father.
But when John looks to see the Lion on the throne, he sees a lamb that looks as if it has been slain. The victory achieved by the Lion was through the sacrifice of the Lamb, who gave his life freely for humankind. It is only through this sacrifice that victory was achieved.
In this season, enjoy the authority we have in The Lion of Judah.