When Lion and the Lamb by Leeland was introduced in our church, I fell in love with it both musically and lyrically. For the former, it’s quite catchy as it follows the pattern of most modern Christian Music – starting off slow then the tempo takes off in the chorus. The Lion/Lamb contrast is beautifully portrayed in the lyrics.
Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.
He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals
How can Christ be both the Lion and the Lamb? They are distinct opposites. One is a king, a judge, a ruler. The other is meek, lowly and sacrificial. One represents power, victory and just sounds great. The other sounds weak and submissive. I mean, worshipping an almighty ruler sounds much more appealing doesn’t it?
Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the centre of the throne,
encircled by the four living creatures and the elders.
However, the Lamb was victorious in defeating death. He conquered sin and the forces of evil at the cross. That is some major Lion-like activity for a Lamb.
It is truly humbling that our magnificent Lord, chose to become a servant, to be born as a helpless babe, in order to save us! That is one BIG reason to praise him indeed!
Listen to this beautiful song here: