While growing up, I always saw images of Jesus with a lion and a lamb. In fact, I heard people call Him “The Lion of Judah” and “The Lamb of God.” I rationalized the lion attribute because Jesus was supposed to be all powerful. However, I could not understand why they called Him “Lamb.” Was He supposed to be cuddly and kind? Not from my experience! As a child, I had experienced a lamb in a petting zoo, and it was smelly and rough, so I was always confused on this issue.
It was on the faithful day of April 6, 2003, when I realized Jesus Christ is called “The Lamb” because He was the last and final sacrifice for mankind’s sins. He thus fulfilled the Hebrew sacrificial system’s requirements for atonement. His crucifixion was The Perfect Lamb taking all the sin of the world upon Himself and, as a result, satisfying the just wrath of God for that sin. As His blood spilled from the hours of torture, it timelessly cleansed from sin and stained with righteousness those who accept Him as Lord and Savior.
At that moment of enlightenment, I accepted Him as my Savior because I recognized that I was a sinner who needed to be saved from the wrath of God. I also accepted Him as my Lord because how could I not follow and submit to the One who loved me so perfectly? I pray that the spark of revelation of who Jesus Christ is will ignite a fire where there was once darkness.
"While growing up, I always saw images of Jesus with a lion and a lamb."