The Name of Jesus for this week with Ann Spangler at Crosswalk.com
Hope you will join us each weekend, starting on Friday, sharing from what we read or would like to share about the Name of Jesus for that week. In lieu, of Good Friday, we will not be sharing this week, but perhaps you may like to reflect about the LION of the Tribe of Judah.
I strongly recommend that you sign up this week or go to the link at Crosswalk and read daily. The Lion of Judah is perfect for this week as we look to the VICTORY Jesus won when He went to the Cross. Jesus willingly went to the Cross, fulfilling every detail the Father had given Him for His mission here. "Having won the struggle for our souls it was as though the great Lion of Judah had roared from the cross itself." ~ Ann Spangler
Only once in the New Testament is Jesus described as a lion. The book of Revelation (named in part for what it reveals about Christ) portrays the risen Jesus as the only one worthy to open the scroll that contains the ultimate unfolding of God's purposes for the world. The apostle John perceived Jesus as both Lion and Lamb, who through his death and resurrection becomes the ultimate victor and conqueror.
When you pray to Jesus as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, you are praying to the One with the power to banish all fear, to the One who watches over you with his fierce protecting love. You are also praying to the One who is judge of the living and the dead.
I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 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 5:4 - 5
~ from Ann Spangler, "Praying the Names of Jesus" (the devotional at Crosswalk) (her words will always be shared in "red")
In the Hebrew Scriptures, Yahweh is sometimes depicted as a lion who roars in judgment against the nations and against his own faithless people.But he is also depicted as a mighty lion who fights fiercely on behalf of his people.Revelation depicts the risen Christ as the mightiest of all victors. He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the one found worthy to open the scrolls of history, meaning that he is in charge of history and of how the world's destiny unfolds.
Other Scriptures to READ that Ann shares this week:Genesis 49:8-10Revelations 5:1-10Amos 3:6-8; John 3:36Joel 3:16; Matthew 27:50-54Isaiah 11:6-9; Revelation 5:5-6; Matthew 11:28Hosea 11:9-11; Proverbs 19:12; Proverbs 28:1; Psalm 106:8; Isaiah 31:4-5