Adorenament No. 7: A Lion
Name for Jesus: The Lion from the tribe of Judah
“…behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah…” Revelation 5:5
When we think of Jesus at Christmastime, we remember Him as a gentle, sweet, and weak baby. We don’t think about Him being strong, do we? And yet the Bible teaches that a name for Jesus is the Lion from the tribe of Judah. Why a Lion?
Well, we know the Lion is one of the most royal or kingly animals in the world. His gold coat and long, thick mane make him look like he is the king of the animals. He is also the largest of cats. One swat of his paw can kill, and yet, he can show the most tender love for his little lion cubs.
But why does this verse say Jesus is from the tribe of Judah? The tribe of Judah is a royal tribe of God’s people, the Jews. (See Genesis 49:8-10). In the Bible we know it was foretold years before Jesus was ever born that He would come from this royal tribe. Matthew and Luke’s
Genealogies proclaim his lineage as rightful heir through the family of King David and the royal tribe of Judah.
Yes! Jesus is King over all things and He is the most powerful being of all, either human or spiritual! But his tender love for us, His children as shown on the cross, is the most wonderful thing to have because we don’t deserve it. And the good news is no power in heaven, on earth, or under the earth can ever separate God’s children from King Jesus! You can choose to receive God’s wonderful love for you by believing in Jesus—the Lion from the Tribe of Judah! Praise Him!
Adorenament No. 8: A Lamb The Name of Jesus: The Lamb of God
Adorenament No. 8: A Lamb
The Name of Jesus: The Lamb of God
“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
In the Bible, sheep are mentioned more than any other animal—750 times. So, it’s not surprising that Jesus be given the name, The Lamb of God. But, instead of coming like a lamb, why didn’t Jesus come as a strong man or a conqueror? After all, at the time, the Jews were ruled by the evil Roman Empire and they hoped God would send them a king to conquer and overthrow these Romans.
But did you know the Jew’s greatest problem was not being ruled by the Romans, it was the problem of sin? Isaiah 53:6 says, “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the [sin] of us all to fall on Him.” Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death.” Because God’s punishment for sin is death, someone had to die to pay the price for sin.
In Jesus’ time, the Jews would sacrifice or kill a lamb as temporary offering to God for their sins. However, only a perfect and complete sacrifice, without spot or blemish, could forever take away the sin of the world. Only a Lamb of God.
The Bible teaches us that Jesus is the Lamb of God—that perfect and complete sacrifice sent by our Father in heaven. As the Lamb of God, Jesus willingly obeyed His Father, going to the cross and dying for sinners. Have you been to the cross, inviting the Lamb of God, Jesus, to wash your sins away and give you a new heart and life now and forever? Invite Him into your heart today? Pastor Louie
Adorenament No. 9: A Shepherd’s Staff
Adorenament No. 9: A Shepherd’s Staff
Name of Jesus: The Good Shepherd
“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” John 10:11
With His name, Good Shepherd, Jesus gives another picture of who He is, that He is God and to those who believe, they are His people—the sheep of His hand. Because Jesus is the Good Shepherd, He cares for the sheep. In Matthew 9:36, it says that Christ “…seeing the multitudes, He felt (the words means from the inward parts), compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd.”
Sheep need a shepherd to care for them and make sure they don’t get hurt or lost. If you were a lamb, wouldn’t you want a shepherd? At one point in the Bible, Jesus talks about a shepherd who had 100 sheep and left 99 of them to go and find one that was lost. A good shepherd is willing to leave those that are safe in His care to save one that is lost without Him.
And that’s what we are—lost without Jesus! Isaiah the prophet says that we are sheep that have gone our own way. We are lost and have no hope, and like a sheep that is stuck in a thicket and can’t get out, we are hopelessly lost in our sins. That is why the Good Shepherd was willing to lay down His life for us sinners. By doing so, Jesus provides the way for us to come to Him and become children of God. John 1:12 says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name…”
Do you want Jesus to be your shepherd? Then invite the Good Shepherd into your life and ask Him to forgive your sin, change you, and make you more like Him. Finish by thanking Him for dying for you in your place so that you wouldn’t have to. As a result of this, you become one of His children—sheep who were lost but now have been found by the Good Shepherd.
One of God’s lost sheep who has been found! Praise Him!