Revelation 5: 4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
We know Jesus is the slain lamb. What of this Lion of the tribe of Judah?
Genesis 49: 8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee.
9 Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
Both Matthew and Luke trace Jesus’s genealogy through Judah. In one being, we have both the lion and the lamb. How can this be? GK Chesterton describes one of the many paradoxes of Christianity in his book Orthodoxy, where Christianity is blamed both for not fighting (the lamb) and for fighting (the lion):
It was the fault of poor old Christianity (somehow or other) both that Edward the Confessor did not fight and that Richard Coeur de Leon did.
He then makes reference to the lion and the lamb:
It is constantly assured, especially in our Tolstoyan tendencies, that when the lion lies down with the lamb the lion becomes lamb-like.
To be clear, while we commonly picture the lion and the lamb lying together, I don’t believe the Biblical sources put it exactly this way.
Isaiah 11: 6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
So, the lion and the lamb are at least in the same scene. Continuing with Chesterton, and this image of the lion becoming lamb-like:
But that is brutal annexation and imperialism on the part of the lamb. That is simply the lamb absorbing the lion instead of the lion eating the lamb.
Is this the point – for the lamb to now consume the lion? Chesterton thinks not:
The real problem is—Can the lion lie down with the lamb and still retain his royal ferocity? THAT is the problem the Church attempted; THAT is the miracle she achieved.
Jesus achieved that miracle.
We are coming to a time where Christianity is being moved to the fringe of the society. The center is being filled by something else. Christianity has been at the center in the West, losing ground with the Enlightenment, and finally giving way in the First World War. It has been living on fumes since then.
While Christianity was at the center, there was at least the objective of love, which left room at the margins. Everything of love and respect to all in society can be found in Christianity and only in Christianity. Sure, never perfect, never progressing fast enough, but undeniably so.
Something other than Christian love is moving to the center. It is hate; there is no doubt about this.
I am troubled by this direction, as many are; the monologue by VanderKlay troubled me more. For example, VanderKlay offers:
Don’t despair about being moved to the margin. Christ didn’t belong there either, yet Christ always wins.
I know Christ always wins. Christ knew this also. Yet it didn’t prevent Him from despair: