Monday, March 22, 2004

Re-Thinking Power

Here's a mind-bender from the Revelation of St. John the Divine, chapter 5:2-6 (The Message):

I also saw a powerful Angel, calling out in a voice like thunder, "Is there anyone who can open the scroll, who can break its seals?"

There was no one--no one in Heaven, no one on earth, no one from the underworld--able to break open the scroll and read it.

I wept and wept and wept that no one was found able to open the scroll, able to read it. One of the Elders said, "Don't weep. Look--the Lion from Tribe Judah, the Root of David's Tree, has conquered. He can open the scroll, can rip through the seven seals."

So I looked, and there, surrounded by Throne, Animals, and Elders, was a Lamb, slaughtered but standing tall.

What an amazing juxtaposition! One of the Elders tells John to look at the Lion, and what John actually sees is a slaughtered little sheep.

We picture Lion as strong, majestic, triumphant in power. Jesus, as the Lion of Judah, expressed His power as a slaughtered Lamb.

There's definitely a strong message to those who would like the be "leaders" in this passage, on what true "power" in ministry looks like.