WholyFit Inspirations #16

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WholyFit Inspirations   #16

-by Chelsea Rounds

Gold Certified WholyFit Instructor

“The Lion and the Lamb”

Our Jesus paints us a picture of Himself through the Lion and the Lamb. Two drastically different animals, but the image of Jesus is displayed as both of them in Revelation 5. When we think of a lion, we think of a fierce and smart animal. On the plains of Africa, lions are feared. Even lions kept in captivity are feared as aggressive, uncontrollable animals. Even in more open captivity, lions are kept in cages to protect people from them.  In sharp contrast, the lamb is a delicate animal that is featured in children’s petting zoos across the world, regarded as relatively harmless. So how are we to approach our Jesus, the Lion and the Lamb?

WholyFit allows us to experience Jesus as both the Lion and the Lamb. Within on class, we learn how to strengthen our muscles like a lion but also pray to heal our hearts like a lamb. We do have a posture that is called “Lion”, which is a strong posture that activates all of the muscles in the body. I like to think of our Side Selah as a lamb. Sitting on our one hip with our legs bent and to one side, our arms are outstretched in front of us in a reflective posture. I use Side Selah when I am teaching to pray into healing, to give my participants a moment to rest their muscles and give thanks and praise.

Our Lord is fighting for us every day. We are the wandering flock on Earth and the Lion fiercely protects us from evil. He is angry in our defense, attacking the enemy and will ultimately win the war as described in the book of Revelation.

But let’s go to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Our God is the Lamb, the delicate and harmless animal that was nailed to a tree and crucified, taking the sin of the world on His shoulders and dying so that we may have eternal life.

To knowingly take on a horrific death and torture by being nailed to a cross is something not many of us would do. I know that I like to believe that I would be selfless enough to endure unimaginable pain and die for others but if I was really put in that position and if I was being completely honest, I think it would be extremely hard to actually go through something like that. Jesus did something when He died on the cross that I think many of us wish we had the strength to do. In becoming the lamb and being killed in such a horrible way, He has displayed the most fierce image of Himself possible. He may have been a lamb, but He sure is a lion, too.

I think the most recent example in my life of being a lamb and a lion is my motherly instinct. I am so gentle, mild and loving with my infant daughter but if someone were to try to hurt her, I would protect her with the most fierce nature I have in me. I like to think of Jesus looking at all of us the same way – so patient and gentle with us but if any evil forces try to challenge us, WATCH OUT because the lion will attack the enemy!

In what ways do you see yourself as a lamb – and a lion?

Dear Lord, Thank you for giving us the lion and the lamb. Thank you for showing us that we can be gentle and fierce all in the same moment. Encourage us to model our lives and our hearts after Jesus and the sacrifice He made for us when He died on the cross. Help our minds to be more faithful. We love You, Lord. AMEN

Revelation 5 New International Version (NIV)

The Scroll and the Lamb

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals.  And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”  But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.  Then one of the elders said to me, “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.”

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.  He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.  And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.  And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals,  because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.  In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength  and honor and glory and praise!”   

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb     be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”

 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Spreading love and peace,

Chelsea

 

 

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