“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.” – Revelation 5:5

I remember three summers ago I had the privilege of leading my first mission team to Mexico. I was young and inexperienced, and honestly had no idea why I was trusted to lead a group of 50 missionaries who were my own age. In my eyes I was probably the worst pick of the draft. There was a lot of fear… and praying involved… I prayed like there was no tomorrow because of the fear that gripped my heart. Every voice in my head told me that I couldn’t do it. But behind all the discouraging voices that whispered at me, I could hear the Holy Spirit reminding me of Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

It was that Mexico where God showed me how mighty He was – He taught me to trust Him in every step as I was stretched far beyond my natural capabilities. Though the task at hand seemed impossible, I told God that I would follow Him and lean on only Him as He led the way.

And then it happened.

One morning during our morning devos, something came over me (the Holy Spirit SOMEBODY). I couldn’t contain myself; I felt an unquenchable desire to preach. My eyes lit up like a wildfire as every doubt and fear fell straight to the floor. I rounded together all 50 of us to gather in a circle as passion erupted from me. The Holy Spirit overtook my mouth and I found myself… preaching. I had never preached like that before. I had never shouted like that before. I had never used my hands like that before. I preached things I didn’t even knew I knew… I felt alive… I felt… bold… I felt… like a lion.

I still remember the conversation that happened right after that:

“Bro… I didn’t know you could do that…”

“Bro… I didn’t know I could do that either…”

Since then, I’ve said that a lot of times. Maybe you can relate with me.

Because God, God always calls us to tasks that are impossible. He calls us to do things that are so beyond our natural abilities, so that whenever He moves, He alone gets the glory. And as for the man that He uses, his blessing is to praise God in awe as he realizes how powerful God really is. In our weakness He is glorified. In our humility He is exalted.

I love Jesus as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Judah was known as Israel’s strongest tribe. Judah was the royal lineage of kings; from it flowed all the great kings of old. From it was prophesied that the Messiah would come. And as Captain of Judah, Jesus rightly deserves to be hailed the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. He is the King of all kings; He is the Lord of all lords. He is the LORD, mighty in battle. He is the LORD, worthy of all praise.

Psalm 24 foretells the majestic scene of Jesus ascending to His throne in triumphant procession after conquering sin and death once and for all. For the first time in eternity’s history, a man, a God-man, confidently approaches heavens gates. No one’s ever done that before. No one has ever bridged the gap from earth to heaven before – at least not by himself. And as the watchman looks down in shock, He cries out:

“Lift up your heads, O gates!

And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.

Who is this King of glory?

The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, mighty in battle!

Lift up your heads, O gates!

And lift them up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.

Who is this King of glory?

The LORD of hosts,
the is the King of glory!” (Psalms 24:7-10)

THIS WAS undeniably one the most glorious moment ever recorded in eternity; when heaven hosted the Homecoming of its Beloved. When the Lion of the Tribe of Judah finally came back to His rightful throne after having completed the Great Mission. This was the moment where Jesus the Humble King was glorified by the God the Father in front of all heaven’s hosts.

This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_OMPrqhA_4 (0:01-2:00)

When Jesus came to this earth He came as an innocent ewe lamb. Spotless. Guiltless. Pure. You may be surprised then, to know that He is also a lion. Bold. Daring. Unrelenting. You will never see Jesus in weakness ever again. Though He may have come in the humble form of a man, He is now exalted at the right hand of God, clothed in majesty. He may have been mocked and crucified at one time, but from now ‘til forevermore, He will be praised by heaven’s choir.

Jesus Christ is worthy to open the scrolls – because Jesus Christ is the only One who ever conquered sin and death. The ancient Serpent couldn’t stop Him. No chain in hell could hold Him. And as for this Gospel that we preach – it is the most epic saga that the Universe will ever tell.

MAY YOUR NAME BE FOREVER PRAISED LORD.

“I—I got the heart of a lion. I—I got the heart of my king-king-king!”

Photograph above by Animals World.

Written by:

joshchun

Joshua Chun is the Youth Pastor at Temecula Valley Korean Presbyterian Church. He is currently pursuing a BA in Biblical Studies at Life Pacific College. He loves night walks, good conversations, and chilling with good company.