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.