Jesus as a “Lion” is more symbolic than you think

In the Bible, there is a writing style often called “apocalyptic.” Apocalyptic writers use signs, symbols, numbers, and patterns to teach on different levels. The book of Revelation is a classic example of apocalyptic writing.

Many prophets write with images, signs, and symbols. These passages often have multiple meanings. For example, Isaiah 7.14 says a virgin will conceive and call her son’s name Immanuel. Judah was in the middle of violent warfare and needed reassurance God would keep his promises. The sign would be powerless if nothing happened until 730 years later when Jesus was born. Isaiah intended for this prophecy and sign to happen sometime soon, probably within a few years.

 

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Getting to the heart of who Jesus really is and why it matters

Jesus asked his disciples an important question: “Who do people say that I am?” The way we answer that question changes everything. Some people thought Jesus was a prophet. Some people thought he was a good teacher. Others thought he was John the Baptist (another famous teacher) come back from the dead.

Jesus then asked a different question: “Who do you say that I am?” Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” This answer makes everything different. It changes Jesus from merely a prophet to the Prophet. It changes him from being a good teacher into the Good Teacher. He becomes the King of kings and Lord of lords.

 

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