“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” (Re 5:5–6).
Revelation opens up this truth: God rules the world (not the nations), the future is in God’s hands (not ours) and God will bring this world to a good and glorious end (no evil can thwart God’s plan). (That’s hope to hold onto as the nation prepares to vote on Wednesday!)
Yes, God rules with wisdom and power! Nevertheless, people of faith sometimes give in to cynicism, despair and fear. Usually that’s because our imagination has been stunted. We fail to recognise God’s presence. Revelation is the imagination’s defibrillator. High voltage images re-awaken us. Like John’s vision of heaven: “From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder” (Re 4:5).
In the heavenly vision John is told to look to the triumphant “Lion of Judah”. He sees “a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain” (Re 5:6). Now that is a shock: a triumphant lion that looks like a lamb, a slaughtered lamb! Clearly God has a very different way of ruling the nations.
When gathering for worship we may feel weary, disheartened or confused. But when we meet with Jesus we leave singing:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honour and glory and praise!” (Re 5:12).