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One of Aesop’s Fables

THE BEASTS of the field and forest had a Lion as their king. He was neither wrathful, cruel, nor tyrannical, but just and gentle as a king could be. During his reign he made a royal proclamation for a general assembly of all the birds and beasts, and drew up conditions for a universal league, in which the Wolf and the Lamb, the Panther and the Kid, the Tiger and the Stag, the Dog and the Hare, should live together in perfect peace and amity. The Hare said, “Oh, how I have longed to see this day, in which the weak shall take their place with impunity by the side of the strong.” And after the Hare said this, he ran for his life.

Even though the Lion had done nothing to threaten the lives of his subjects, not doing something bad is not the same as proving it, proving the Lion’s goodness, so the Hare ran.  There is a Lion who not merely laid down with the lamb, but He laid down His life for the Lamb…and the Hare, and the Panther and the Kid, the Tiger and the Stag, the Dog and the Hare.  In fact, the Lion became a Lamb, God’s Lamb, to reconcile all to Himself so that their warfare is ended. The Lion’s life is His Word to us all. The Lion’s life itself is the basis of the true Kingdom of the Lion.  This Lion is not a tame Lion but He has shown that He does not devour but gives Himself for the life of His kingdom and His animals, great and small.

The Apocalypse to John (Revelation), chapter 5:

Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

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