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The Lion and the Lamb

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The Lion and the Lamb

The family reunion-
Robbie- two children have a degenerate disease that slowly takes their vision, speech, their muscles will stop working and then eventually they will die
I got to talk to him
and i saw his heart
i saw the brokenness
the hurt
He even said “ I go for walks in the woods and I cuss at God.”
The next day I was at the beach thinking of my message for this Sunday
but my mind couldn’t get off of Robbie and his children
I got real with God
Thinking of watching one of my children dying before my eyes is to much for me to think about
I got mad at God
I questioned how He could let something like this happen
I asked Him How do I even begin to show this broken man the love of God
My heart was broken
driving home I felt it again as I thought about Ainsley and Elijah
Again I prayed “God how could you lets this happen?”
God said “ What do you know about compassion?”
The church is the body of Christ
Ephesians 1:22–23 ESV
And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Fullness

59.32 πλήρωμαb, τος n: a total quantity, with emphasis upon completeness—‘full number, full measure, fullness, completeness, totality

We are the body of Christ
2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Ambassador

37.88 πρεσβεύω: (derivative of πρεσβεία ‘representative,’ 37.87) to function as a representative of a ruling authority—‘to be a representative of, to be an ambassador of.’ ὑπὲρ Χριστοῦ οὖν πρεσβεύομεν ‘we, then, are representatives of Christ’

What is the world seeing?

Revelation 5:5–6 ESV
And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
So often the world sees the lion in the church
we make our presence known through our judgement on the world
But it is the same way that God showed His judgment?
The cross- The sacrificial Lamb

The Lion and the Lamb surely refer to Christ, with the Lamb referring to His first coming and His death and the Lion referring to His second coming and His sovereign judgment of the world. This is the only place in Revelation where Christ is called a Lion, whereas the word “Lamb” (arnion, “a small or young lamb”) is found 27 times in Revelation and nowhere else in the New Testament. But two similar words for a sacrificial lamb are used in the New Testament: arēn, found only in Luke 10:3,

There are a lot of Lions running around
constantly pointing their Self Righteous fingers at the world
But as Christians
Christ Followers
We need to walk as Christ walked
John 13:12–17 ESV
When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
I am not greater then Jesus
and I need to live a life that follows in those footsteps
my actions need to reflect the one that I follow
Yes Jesus is the Lion
he will return and he will judge the world
but until that moment he is the still the lamb slain for the sins of the world
and we are called to be the same
When Jesus sent them out He said
Luke 10:2–3 ESV
And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.
We are sent out as lambs among wolves
John 17:18 ESV
As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.
How do we see the world?
is it a harvest ?
or cesspool?
is there value in the lives of “least of these”?
or are they some lesser life form?
Are we walking in the way of Christ?
as lambs sent out in the world
are we bringing the Hope of the glory of Christ ?
2 Corinthians 5:14–21 ESV
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Verse 15- We live for Him who died for our sake
Philippians 3:7 ESV
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
This is where we answer the question “Is Jesus Worth it?”
We don’t regard anyone according to the outside appearance -

As a result of his conversion Paul no longer evaluated people on the basis of externals

Verse 17- “ New Creation”
Everything is different
we see the world around us different
“what do you know about Compassion?”
there is world of people that I come in contact with everyday who are slowly die form sin
How do I see them?
is it a harvest that we see?
God So loved them He sent His son to the cross
and now he is calling the church to be sent out as lambs
Verse 19- God is calling the world to himself and has entrusted us with the ministry of Reconciliation
Entrusting
Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament based on Semantic Domains 13.9 ποιέω; τίθημι; καθίστημι; ἐργάζομαι; κατεργάζομαι; ἐπάγω; ἐνεργέω

to cause a state to be—‘to cause to be, to make to be, to make, to result in, to bring upon, to bring about.’

And because of that we are ambassadors
what are we showing the world?
God is making His appeal to the world through His church
through His followers
Reconciliation
Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament based on Semantic Domains 40.1 καταλλάσσω; καταλλαγή, ῆς; ἀποκαταλλάσσω; συναλλάσσω

to reestablish proper friendly interpersonal relations after these have been disrupted or broken (the componential features of this series of meanings involve (1) disruption of friendly relations because of (2) presumed or real provocation, (3) overt behavior designed to remove hostility, and (4) restoration of original friendly relations)—‘to reconcile, to make things right with one another, reconciliation.’

What do I know about Compassion?

I know that God so Loved me That He sent His son to a cross in my place
and that is what drives me
because it did just stop with me
God has called the church to be that right representation to the world of who He His
God still loves this world and the cross is still redeeming and saving the lost
Matthew 9:11–13 ESV
And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
God still Desires mercy
and he has sent us out as lambs- to show the mercy, the grace and the love of the Father
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