Four Faces of Jesus

3: Hearing the Lion Roar

Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014
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Knowing Christ as Lion is to live in the safety of fearing God.  David watched the might of his Divine Lion conquer, through David’s hands, the untamable, uncatchable lion.  Devourer of sheep.  And David strutted and conquered by the knowledge of such a Lion-God.

When we know the Face of the Lion, we can be fierce lions.

The Enemy of the Beloved is always posing in the imitation of Him who is the True.  Satan “prowls as a roaring lion” but it is a fangless show.  A noisy nothing.  Only our cringing gives him his teeth.  The True Lion is the one to fear.

We don’t believe in a Lord who roars at sin and rages at evil.  Why? Because we don’t want that God to thunder at us!  So we think that to ignore the blast of life into the face of our insipid living is to create a Calm Sovereign.  The Lion is not passive.

This is our lovely Lord Jesus speaking:

You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?
Matt. 23:33 NASB

Then He will also say to those on His left, “Depart form Me, accursed ones, into the fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink…”
Matt. 25:41-42 NASB

Matthew knew the Lion and recorded His growl and we, like those Pharisees, who heard not the roar as being Very God, we dare to name the blast of confrontation “injustice,” “misunderstanding,” “Satanic,” “martyrdom.”

Above all, despite all, we meet the Lion!  The prophets of old roared with the very blast of a Holy God.  Killed for it… yes.  Lowered in a miry well.  But the roar of the Great Lion was heard on the earth and a few fell to the ground in wise fear.

Yes, the Lion roars to every believer.  But to hear Him as the Lion is rare.  To recognize that Regal Face behind the throes of life’s pressuring crunch is to be introduced to Christ as Reigning Lion and Ultimate King over all people and all events for the child of God.  We resent the harshness of a Lord who simply shouts to save us from the impending train, who pulls us from the tracks with violence.  Fools we are! How we need the Lion!

The Lion who knows the future of His absolute reign and the righteous stance of the Holy Father warns through our experiences, ferocious for our safety.  The Lion assaults sin, but He also growls as a Jealous Lover, hating the paltry idols to which we fasten our souls.  And through life’s painful aggression, He is ripping down the altars of our disloyalty.

Ah, then the Lion roars against the enemies who would lie, steal and murder our destiny!  He roars against us but He also roars for us.

Know and then love Him as He is… the Majestic Lion of Judah.

Copyright © 2002 Martha Kilpatrick, Four Faces of Jesus

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