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March 26, 2007, Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

Like a lamb, or like a lion?

Rev. Paul Marggraf, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Delano

In the Bible, it says in Revelation 5:5-6, “Do not weep! See the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed . . . Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne.”

When we talk about the month of March, we often use the expression, “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” The old saying about March weather reminds us of the two extremes we so often see during this month of the year. It can also remind us of two names given to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

No matter how early or late Easter may be in the spring, the season of Lent always falls in at least part of March. So every March, we are reminded that Jesus went to the cross, “as a lamb to the slaughter” (Isaiah 53:7). He put up no resistance. He suffered willingly for you and me.

And every March, we are also reminded that Jesus is the “Lamb of God” (John 1:36), the substitute God has given us so that we would not have to suffer the punishment of sin and the pains of hell.

Though Jesus suffered many things for you, He did not suffer defeat. Through his sufferings, he proved that he is a conquering Lion – “the Lion of the tribe of Judah.”

He destroyed the power of death and the devil. He has made you members of his eternal kingdom. You, too, can say: “Do not weep! See the Lion of the tribe of Judah . . . has triumphed!”

March – in like a lamb, out like a lion. Or will it be the other way around this year?

When it comes to the weather, your guess is as good as mine. But when it comes to the Savior, you don’t have to guess. You know.

Jesus entered suffering like a lamb, but came out like a conquering lion. For all eternity, He will stand, “in the center of the throne.” And because He stands, you, too, will stand.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

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