Titus 2:13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”
How do you see Jesus?
As much as you see the love, the tenderness, the kindness, Jesus is not just a lamb. He is also a lion.
We don’t talk about the lion.
Rev 19:11-21 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords. 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; 18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. 19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”
How often do you think about the Jesus who judges and has fire in His eyes?
As much as His character says He is the Lamb of God, He is also the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. Sometimes, kings have to take severe action.
John 2:15-16 “And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; 16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.”
It is more than possible that Jesus hit a few people with those whips. As much as you read about Jesus’ tenderness and mercy, He is also the Righteous Judge.
Luke 23:27-31 “And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him. 28 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. 29 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. 30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. 31 For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?”
There is a day coming when there will be such judgment and such wrath that those who are left will cry out to the mountains and hills, but there will be nowhere to run and hide.
There is a side to Jesus that no one wants to talk about because He is the Lion. He’s the Wonderful Counselor, the Wonderful Advocate, Defender. But, He is also your Judge.
Works won’t save you, but they do matter. Works define your walk with God.
2 Cor 5:10-11 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.”
How do works define your walk with God?
Jesus is called the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. A real lion is not comforting. You don’t feel peaceful around a lion. Instead, you see power, jaws that can rip flesh, majesty. This is just a small hint at the power of Jesus.
The first time Jesus robed Himself in flesh, He came as a Lamb, the Lamb of God. He came to give grace and to give His life for your sake. He came to save.
The second time Jesus comes, He will come to judge. When Jesus comes back, if you are right with Him, you will join Him. If you are not right with Him, you will mourn.
How does this change your view of Jesus? Why do you think it’s important to understand this about Jesus?
Rev 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Isn’t it interesting that the ‘fearful and unbelieving’ are lumped in with murderers and idolaters? ‘Fearful’ means ‘faithless’ and ‘Unbelieving’ means ‘Without trust.’ They don’t trust God. They give way when pressures and persecutions come.
Why talk about these things? Because Jesus made a way that you will not have to experience His wrath. It is not the will of God that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. As much as He has to judge and follow through with the consequences of disobedience, He doesn’t enjoy it.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Luke 24:47 “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
Jesus didn’t come to give you license to sin. He came to deliver you from it.
Repentance is the first step to God. It is a lifestyle. The Apostle Paul said, ’I die daily.’ This is a mindset to do as God wants and what pleases Him, rather than following your own will and way.
As you walk with the Lord, you’ll see that doing what’s right with the Lord makes you feel better than doing what’s wrong. Even when it means sacrifice, submitting your will to being one with Jesus brings the greatest reward.
What is the difference between love and acceptance?
Rom 12:1-2 “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (NLT)
When Jesus called the tax collectors, they changed. When He forgave the adulteress, He said, ‘Go and sin no more.’ Examine yourself to see if there is any wrong in you. Check yourself.
Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Prov 13:15 “Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.”
It’s hard to live the way of sin. It ends in despair.
Mat 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Jesus’ way is the way of rest and peace. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. He doesn’t stress you out! In the Name of Jesus, there is forgiveness and cleansing. Repent, turn away from and let go of your sin, and change your life, your world, your future.
How does recognizing both sides of Jesus’ character change you? What changes do you need to make in your thinking, your actions, and in your life?
This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Skip Christo.
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