Today we are looking at Jesus as the lion.
Lions are symbols of strength and courage and have been celebrated throughout history for these characteristics. They are also common symbols for royalty and stateliness, hence the phrase ‘king of the jungle.
The remnant left in Israel will take their place among the nations. They will be like a lion among the animals of the forest, like a strong young lion among flocks of sheep and goats, pouncing and tearing as they go with no rescuer in sight.
The meaning of remnant is
a small minority of people who will remain faithful to God and so be saved (in allusion to biblical prophecies concerning Israel).
“if any one ceases to be a witness, he ceases to be one of the remnant”
God is calling up a people that is seeking His face, a people after His own heart. He is calling His bride.
But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
The Lion of the tribe of Judah is obviously a reference to Christ. The image of the lion is meant to convey kingship. Jesus is worthy to receive and open the scroll because He is the King of God’s people.
Note it says, “has won the victory” It’s not something that still needs to be done, it already has been won by Jesus being the lamb. He was able to be as meek as a lamb but as strong as a lion.
The Lion has triumphed because He became a Lamb (Revelation 5:6–10; cf. John 1:29). Jesus Christ is worthy because He lived a perfect, sinless life and in shedding His blood defeated sin and death. His death and resurrection have resulted in a protection for His people and an eternal kingdom that will honor and worship God. Ruling this kingdom will be Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah.