Advent 2021 • Week Two • Day Three

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

Verse of the Day

“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 —

Hello friends —

Most of my followers know that I am a huge fan of C.S.Lewis. I was reminded today after reading my daily devotional “Unwrapping the Names of Jesus” of the beautiful stories of Narnia. The King of Narnia is Aslan and the name of Jesus for today is “Lion of Judah.” The stories of Narnia are filled with imaginative allegories of biblical truths and exemplifies many characteristics of Jesus. If you have never read the Narnia book series, I highly recommend them. Below is a video I found that beautifully and artistically explains Narnia and Aslan.

Jesus, the humble and gentle. That’s one way of describing him. A common picture displayed in church when I was a kid is Jesus standing at a wooden door, knocking.

Jesus is standing at the door, have you let him in? Jesus is gentle, kind, humble and loving, all the great qualities of a King, the King of Kings! The Bible tells of His fierceness when He cleared the temple of money changers and merchants.

Matthew 21:12-13, “Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”

The truth is Jesus has restrained his power, the Lion of a Judah has been gentle and tame, He has already won the battle at the cross. The Lion of Judah will return to settle with the father of lies, the one who kingdom is darkness and will unleash His fury against all enemies. All who stand against the Lion of Judah will fall, all those who are gathered behind Him will rest in safety.

Isaiah 34:1-8, “Come near, you nations, and listen; pay attention, you peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world, and all that comes out of it! The Lord is angry with all nations; his wrath is on all their armies. He will totally destroy them, he will give them over to slaughter. Their slain will be thrown out, their dead bodies will stink; the mountains will be soaked with their blood. All the stars in the sky will be dissolved and the heavens rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree. My sword has drunk its fill in the heavens; see, it descends in judgment on Edom, the people I have totally destroyed. The sword of the Lord is bathed in blood, it is covered with fat— the blood of lambs and goats, fat from the kidneys of rams. For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah and a great slaughter in the land of Edom. And the wild oxen will fall with them, the bull calves and the great bulls. Their land will be drenched with blood, and the dust will be soaked with fat. For the Lord has a day of vengeance, a year of retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause.”

Jesus exhibits the sovereign power and position of a great Lion towering above his pride.

Aslan – King of Narnia

Many men and women throughout history have dedicated themselves to God’s Kingdom, we admire and appreciate these individuals. Only one is worthy of our worship, praise and adoration.

Philippians 2:9-11, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

The title “Lion of Judah” reminds us of Jesus’ valor, sovereignty and His faithfulness. Throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, it’s pages are filled with allusions to the Lion of Judah, each pointing to the one who would rule the nation. First, David and later Jesus, David’s descendant. God always fulfills His promises.

Jesus is the triumphant Lion of Judah.

His enemies scatter in fear.

We know, He is Good!

CHALLENGE

Is He safe? Have you adopted the cultural view that Jesus as “safe”? Today, take time to meditate of His power and glory as the “Lion of Judah.” Seek Him and ask that He awaken you to the reality of His grandeur and respond in humble worship.

Prayer ~

Jesus, you are the Lion of Judah. You are power, strength, and gentleness, You alone are worthy to be praised. Teach us again how awesome and majestic is Your name. May we respond to you with humility, praise and adoration. In Jesus name, Amen.

➡️➡️➡️FOR FURTHER STUDY

Genesis 49:8-12 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Genesis%2049:8-12&version=NIV

Psalm 2:10-12 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%202:10-12&version=NIV

Hosea 5:14 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Hosea%205:14&version=NIV

Matthew 21:12-13 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Matthew%2021:12-13&version=NIV

Revelation 5:1-14 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Revelation%205:1-14&version=NIV

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://anderson.edu/galleries/warner-sallman/collection/

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