And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb, as though it had been slain.... Revelation 5:5-6a
The Scriptures are full of Divine paradox and I have been thrilled at pondering how these matters come to be resolved within the larger paradigm of God's great kingdom. John the Revelator came face to face with one of these outstanding tensions. God has already won a lion-sized victory over all that is evil in this world through the "finished work" of Jesus Christ. And yet, in His inscrutable wisdom, all such evil was profoundly defeated through the loving sacrifice of a lamb. This is a mind-bending and heart-fueling means to such an end. Moreover, this grand victory has not yet fully played out in human history and so, ironically, there is still much work to be done. As our Lord, we are called to reflect and model, in all our ways and work, this strange and mysterious blend of such strength and humility and...of Spirit-empowered labor that flows from rest. Too many times and too many people and movements, in the name of Christ, have expressed a counter-productive, imbalanced and stilted caricaturization of these virtues. On one hand, some presumptively pose as a lion for God as they stridently confront the cultures of the world with mere human bravado beneath all the rhetoric and drama. On the other hand, others superficially mimick the gentle vulnerability of a lamb by avoiding the challenge of facing down with an inner peace what is most truly wicked - the greed, pride and lust in both their irreligious and religious varieties and...in both their personal and institutional manifestations. Still...I am seeing signs of hope as many are rising above the fray. Help us Lord, to do your loving will, in your way, with your strength flowing through us!
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