You’re the Lion of Judah by Robin Mark, 2006.
You’re the Lion of Judah, the Lamb that was slain
You ascended to heaven and ever more will reign;
At the end of the age when the earth You reclaim
You will gather the nations before You
And the eyes of all men will be fixed on the Lamb
Who was crucified
For with wisdom and mercy and justice You’ll reign
At Your Father’s side.
Observe: The contrast between a lion and a lamb; two animals at opposite ends of the power spectrum. The lion’s roar announces to all his power and dominion; the lamb’s bleat is the epitome of helplessness.
The Bible presents this contrast in the eternal Son of God. Isaiah writes, like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7, ESV). Jesus fulfilled these words before his accusers, but then said, “you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Matthew 26:63-64).
In a night vision, the prophet Daniel saw “one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.” (Daniel 7:13–14). Seven hundred years before it happened, Daniel saw the enthronement of Jesus in heaven and that “all eyes will be fixed on the lamb, who with wisdom, and mercy, and justice, will reign at his Father’s side.”
There’s a shield in our hand and a sword at our side
There’s a fire in our spirits that cannot be denied;
As the Father has told us for these You have died
For the nations that gather before You
And the ears of all men need to hear of the Lamb
Who was crucified
Who descended to hell yet was raised up to reign
At the Father’s side
With spirits enflamed by the Holy Spirit, we go to the world with the message of salvation. We are ambassadors for Christ with the same message Jesus announced at the beginning of his ministry. In his “home synagogue,” he asked for the scroll of Isaiah and read, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” He rolled up the scroll and gave it back (and said), “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:18–21).
These are words of true comfort to poor, oppressed, blind people, which is what each of us once was. Jesus has freed us to take his message of hope to the world.
Antiphonal singing is when one group sings a line, and another group sings in response. The chorus presents the eternal antiphonal song of praise that will occur between heaven and earth when they are united at the end of the age.
And the angels will cry: ‘Hail the Lamb
Who was slain for the world, Rule in power.’
And the earth will reply: ‘You shall reign
As the King of all kings
And the Lord of all lords.’
May this be your song today as you wait with assurance for his glorious return.
Blessings, Pastor Don.