In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb: Wednesday in the Word

In like a lion, out like a lambIn like a lion, out like a lamb. We don’t really give this old saying much thought. March comes roaring into our lives with winter still roaring. By the end of March and beginning of April, spring shows itself.

I don’t know that I would necessarily call it gentle as a lamb. I live in the southern midwest. Spring is often tornado time. High winds and thunderstorms are not an odd occurrence. They’re also not what one would term gentle.

But weather at the end of March is less biting than the beginning. So, I’ll give the person who created the saying a pass on the lamb description.

Thinking about a lion and a lamb, and with Easter this weekend, I can’t help thinking about Jesus. He was the sacrificial lamb led to the slaughter without a fight. The sacrifice he made was for our benefit and freely given. We see in his life on earth a gentleness that drew children and the disenfranchised to his side. He helps shoulder our burdens and offers us peace in the storms. He is gentle as a lamb.

But Jesus is also the lion of the tribe of Judah. Our God is full of power and majesty. While here as a man, He controlled nature and demons. Misguided religious leaders were put in their place with ease. Jesus defeated Satan and will come again to rule as King. There is strength enough in Him to conquer any enemy we face.

Strong enough to promise we can do all things through Him. Powerful enough to conquer any problem or enemy we face. But gentle enough to hold us close and wipe away our tears. Gentle enough to bring us peace when we draw close.

And unlike March’s “in like a lion, out like a lamb” philosophy that demands one or the other, Jesus is strong and gentle at the same time. One characteristic doesn’t fade away leaving the other. He is always strong, and He is always gentle. I can know, no matter what I face, Jesus is exactly who and what I need.

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  1. Donna says:

    He left this earth like a lamb led to the slaughter but will return like a lion to assume his throne.

  2. Terri Quick says:

    Thank you for sharing