February 17, 2013

Marching Into Spring

An English proverb from 1732 contends that “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.”  Some 2,800 years ago the prophet Isaiah foresaw a time when the earth will enjoy 1,000 years of peace.  Formerly ferocious animals will lie down harmlessly with lambs and children.  

That acclaimed theologian, Woody Allen, offers this insight:  “The lion and the calf shall lie down together, but the calf won’t get much sleep.”  Unlike Siegfried and Roy,  I even lock my doors when we watch Simba.

The lion is a symbol of overpowering strength.  Jesus Christ is referred to as “the Lion of Judah,” one of Israel’s twelve tribes.  He set aside His universe-creating power to submit to the cross so that you and I could, as He did, enjoy victory over death and the grave.

So that we need not be sheepish when we stand before that great Lion of Judah face to face.

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