Lion of Judah

“And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals”” (Revelation 5:5).

John the Revelator was caught up to heaven in a vision where he saw the throne of God. John saw God holding a scroll with the seven seals and an angel cried out, “who is worthy to open the scroll and break it’s seal?” John wept loudly as there was no one available to open the scroll. Except that an elder comforted John, because the lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, had conquered so he could open the scroll. Jesus conquered death, hell and the grave. “I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave” (Revelation 1:18).

Jesus came from the tribe of Judah, to whom Jacob conferred the blessing of dominance. Jacob prophesied that the tribes would praise Judah and his hand would be on the neck of his enemies. “Judah is a lion’s cub; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He stooped down; he crouched as a lion and as a lioness; who dares rouse him” (Genesis 49:9)? David also sprang from this tribe and the blessing conferred to David was everlasting dominion. God spoke through Nathan, that David would never lack a man to sit on the throne. Although Isreal no longer has a physical kingdom, Jesus Christ sits in heaven at the right hand of God.

Jesus disarmed principalities and powers shamed them openly, by his victory over them at the cross (Colossians 2:15). Jesus conquered the grave and was given all power, authority and dominion. Jesus humbled himself even to the death of the cross. Because of his sacrifice, God has given him a name that is above every other name. “so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11).

At Jesus’s first coming, he came as a humble lamb, to be slain for the sins of mankind. Saints, there is a second coming when Jesus will appear as a judge and king. “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom” (2 Timothy 4:1). Jesus will appear on the clouds with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God. Until his final return, we work to spread the good news of the gospel and to establish the kingdom of God. We do the work of God with the authority given to us and we do all things through the power in name of Jesus.


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