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The Lion or The Lamb?



Louie Giglio takes us through the history from Genesis to Revelation to show us how Jesus is the Lion of Judah who is the Lamb who was slain and took away the sins of the world.

Key Takeaway

We may not know exactly everything that will happen in the future, but we know how it all plays out. Revelation shows us what is to come, that Jesus is both the Lion and the Lamb, and we need Him to be both.

Revelation 5:1-4

John, who also wrote the Gospel of John, saw a scroll and wept because no one who was around him was worthy to open it. This scroll was the unfolding of the final chapters of the plan of God to demolish and put away sin and the devil forever. It would usher in the permanent rule and reign of Jesus and a forever that we are a part of.

Revelation 5:5

The Lion of the Tribe of Judah goes all the way back to Genesis. Abraham was given the covenant of a land, a people, and to be a blessing to all nations. He had Isaac, who had Jacob (later named Israel by God). Jacob had twelve sons who would become the 12 Tribes of Israel. The 4th son was named Judah and in Genesis 49:8-12, Jacob blesses him and references him as a lion cub and states that the scepter will never leave his house. So when the sons became tribes, it was the Tribe of Judah who was given the plot of land that included Jerusalem and were the first tribe to take land. Their emblem was a lion. Jesus comes from this line. John is told to SEE the Lion of the Tribe of Judah coming to open the scroll.

Revelation 5:6

John SAW a lamb that looked like it had been slain. This is powerful imagery. When Pharaoh would not let God's people go, He instituted a series of plagues. The last one was the death of the firstborn son. That night, the angel of death came over the land and passed over the houses that had the blood of a sacrificed lamb without defect on the door. This is where the celebration of Passover originated and is still celebrated today. So, the people of God were spared the death of their firstborn sons. When John saw the sacrificial Lamb coming to the center, it was greatly significant. Keep in mind, John also recorded in his Gospel account, John the Baptist recognizing Jesus and saying, "BEHOLD the Lamb of God who comes to take away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29)

Notice that when we are close to Jesus we can see what's always been right in front of us. That is why God is constantly saying look, see, behold.

Don't get confused by the symbolism. In the economy of God, horn always means power and might. Seven represents complete and perfect. Eyes signify insight, wisdom, and understanding. The seven spirits are the Holy Spirit given to the churches. So what John is seeing before him is a complete vision of the Lord Jesus Christ, perfect in power, perfect in wisdom, and perfect in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Revelation 5:7-14

Heaven is going to be a party! Music crosses all cultural lines, so it's no surprise that it is a song that brings together every tribe, nation, and tongue to praise the One that purchased back to God with His blood.

There are also, even at this very moment, 10,000 x 10,000 angels (that is to say a number so large we can't fully grasp it) that have been created to sing and praise. They know one thing and one thing only: adoring the risen Lion of Judah, the Lamb who was slain. Worship is always all about Jesus.

What does it mean to us that Jesus is both the Lion and the Lamb?


1) The system is over, the Savior has arrived. There's no more working it out with God, it's been worked out finally by the saving work of Jesus.

2) We can take the weight off our shoulders of ever being perfect before God. Jesus is the only perfect, spotless Lamb.

3) Revelation 13:8 tells us that before the foundation of the world, the Lamb was slain. Before we knew our capacity to disappoint ourselves, God, and others; God knew. Part of free will is showing us what we are capable of and what we choose wrong. God knows this, but still allows freedom and makes a way of salvation. Christ was slain before we ever fully knew that we needed Him. God is always looking out for us.


1) Do not mess with the Lion. We love Him as the lamb, full of grace and mercy, but we need to remember He is also King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His roar ripped over Heaven and created the cosmos, shook all of Hell, and made the demons tremble. He is not on a leash or in a kennel. He is King.

2) He gives us His name! Call on Jesus and call out on the name of Jesus of Nazareth because in Him is power and authority.


“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver. “Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ’Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

C.S. Lewis

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Scripture References

  • Revelation 5
  • Genesis 49:8-12
  • Exodus 11
  • Matthew 1:2
  • Luke 3:33
  • John 1:29
  • Revelation 13:8
  • Romans 14:11
Louie Giglio

Global Pastor

Louie Giglio Louie Giglio is the Visionary Architect and Director of the Passion Movement, comprised of Passion Conferences, Passion City Church, Passion Publishing and sixstepsrecords, and the founder of Passion Institute.