What’s the most powerful thing you’ve ever encountered? Something so powerful that it made your heart leap out of your chest as you came to grips with just how small you were in comparison to it? I want you to take a moment and get that picture into your head….
I can remember powerful things like:
- A storm in Oklahoma that ripped our fence apart and I thought my house would be next;
- Meeting famous sports athletes with more power, money, and influence than I could comprehend.
- Having a girl rip my heart to shreds when she moved on to someone else.
POWER. (especially that last one)
But the most powerful thing that I have ever encountered, something that made me feel so weak and insignificant in the moment, will probably seem silly to you.
I was about 11 years old and I decided to take a walk, alone, in the woods behind my house. About 30 min deep into the hike as I walked around a corner of the trail, I was suddenly stopped dead in my tracks as I found myself surrounded by a pack of 6 coyotes. They were a lot bigger to me as an 11-year-old, and all of them looked up at me, bared their teeth, and started growling. In that moment, I could feel the power they had; The power to outrun me; to rip me to shreds; to take my life in a second if they wanted to. In that moment, I felt the most powerless that I have ever felt in my life. I swiftly turned and ran as fast as I possibly could back to my house, knowing that the coyotes were probably right on my tail about to pounce on me. By some miracle, they didn’t run after me (I think), and I was able to make it back home. I didn’t tell anyone when I got home, I just ran up to my room, sat on the end of my bed, panting, and stared into the wall of my bedroom in a state of shock for the next hour.
At Student Life Camp this past June, we sang a song by Big Daddy Weave called, “The Lion and the Lamb”, and the lyrics start out:
(verse) He’s coming on the clouds, kings and kingdoms will bow down
And every chain will break, as broken hearts declare His praise
Who can stop the Lord Almighty?
(chorus) Our God is the Lion, the Lion of Judah
He’s roaring with power and fighting our battles
And every knee will bow before You
Talk about Power! This is the epitome of power. God is described as a lion, one of the most powerful animals you could ever come face to face with (way worse than coyotes). This lion: breaks the most powerful chains of sin that enslave us; heals even the most broken of hearts; fights the battles that we cannot fight; and even causes the greatest kings and kingdoms of this Earth to bow down to Him.
Our God makes the most powerful things that you and I can think of, look weak and insignificant in comparison to His greatness, as they can do nothing but fall on their knees in front of him.
But here’s the part that is even better… the 2nd part of the chorus in this song:
(chorus cont.) Our God is the Lamb, the Lamb that was slain
For the sin of the world, His blood breaks the chains
And every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb
Oh every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb
Our all-powerful God, the Lion, stepped down off of his throne and became a lamb, one of the least powerful animals you could ever come face to face with. He allowed those who he could have crushed with the swipe of his paw, to take control of him and brutally beat, mock, scorn, betray, and ultimately kill him in the most humiliating way. The powerful becoming powerless by choice… and He did this to take the place of our sin… so that we could have power over the sin that has enslaved us, when the lamb rose from the grave.
Oh how great it is that we serve the one and only God of the universe, the Lion and the Lamb.