Re:Verse reading–Revelation 4:1-7, 5:1-14 (day four)
Israel was looking for a lion! Their concept of the coming Messiah was a military leader and conqueror who would lead a rebellion against Rome and overthrow their government. Jesus was none of that. The Jews crucified Jesus because they did not recognize Him as the messiah. What they did not understand was that before there could be a ‘Lion of Judah’, there had to be a ‘Lamb of God’. The picture that John sees in heaven when he looks for the Lion is a small Lamb, standing as if it were slain. The Lion of Judah was worthy to open the scroll because He had given His life as a sacrificial lamb on the cross in obedience to the Father.
What are you looking for? Are you looking for a deliverer who can conquer all your enemies and provide you all the comforts of life? Are you wanting to share in the rewards of victory without the discipline of obedience? Don’t miss God’s plan for your life because you are looking for your own self-defined Savior!