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The names of Jesus in the book of Revelation – Part 26


Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide

“But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and loose its seven seals.” (Rev 5:5)

Lion of the tribe of Judah. A Messianic title taken from Gen 49:8-10, where Judah is named a “lion’s cub” and promised the right to rule “until he comes to whom it belongs” (see also Ezek 21:27). You are a lion’s cub (Gen 49:9). A symbol of sovereignty, strength and courage. Judah (or Israel) is often pictured as a lion in later times (see Ezek 19:2; Mic 5:8 and especially Num 24:9). Judah’s greatest descendant, Jesus Christ is Himself called “the Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Rev 5:5).

“The Lion of the tribe of Judah.” Christ is pictured as a Lion (the king of beasts), indicating He will rule as King of all the earth. Not only is He from the tribe of Judah, He is also “the root of David,” another title for Him as the Messianic King. These titles of Jesus portray Him as the conquering Messiah (Gen 49; 9-10) and eternal king according to the promises made to David (Is 11:1, 10)

The Lion, Jesus, proved Himself worthy to break the seals and open the scroll by living a perfect life of obedience to God, dying on the cross for sins of the world, and rising from the dead to show His power and authority over evil and death. Only Christ conquered sin, death, hell, and Satan himself; so only He can be trusted with the world’s future. The Root of David refers to Jesus being from David’s family line, thus fulfilling the promise of the Messiah in the Old Testament.

Rev 5:5-6 Jesus Christ is pictured as both a Lion (symbolising His authority and power) and a Lamb (symbolising His submission to God’s will). One of the elders calls John to look at the lion, but when John looks he sees a Lamb.

Christ the Lamb was the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind; therefore, only He can save us from the terrible events revealed by the scroll. Christ the Lamb won the greatest battle of all. He defeated all the forces of evil by dying on the cross. The role of Christ the Lion will be to lead the battle where Satan is finally defeated (19:19-21). Christ the lion is victorious because of what Christ has already done. We will participate in His victory not because of our effort or goodness, but because He has promised eternal life to all who believe in Him.

(18) “Root of David” (5:5)
Root and Offspring of David (Rev 22:16)
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” (Rev 22:16)
Jesus is both David’s “Root” and Offspring.” As the Creator of all, Jesus existed long before David. As a human, however, He was one of David’s direct descendants (see Isaiah 11:1-5; Matthew 1:1-17). As the Messiah, He is the “Bright and Morning Star,” the light of salvation to all Root of Jesse (Isa 11:10; Rom 15:12) and root of David (Rev 5:5; 22:16) serve as titles of the Messiah

See Isaiah 11:1, 10 which looks forward to the ideal king in the line of David. The title is interpreted Messianically in Rom 15:12.
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