These will wage war against the Lamb,
and the Lamb will overcome them,
because He is Lord of lords and King of kings,
and those who are with Him are
the called and chosen and faithful.
– Revelation 17:14 NASB
The last book of the Bible, and one of the hardest for people to understand, is the book of Revelation. Not all parts of this book, however, are equally difficult. Readers do occasionally encounter relatively straightforward verses like this one – which point clearly, if figuratively, to Jesus.
The scholars who translated Revelation from its original Greek into English help us with the identity of “the Lamb” by capitalizing the first letter – it’s obviously Jesus. John the Baptist had called Jesus “the lamb of God” very early in His ministry – a reference to Messiah that John had picked up from the Old Testament.
It’s obvious that there was a “war” against this Lamb – otherwise, He never would have been rejected and murdered. Yet what men meant for evil, God used for good. That is, human beings killed Jesus but God used it as an opportunity to raise the Lamb from the dead and make Him “Lord of lords and King of kings.” This is hardly what the Lamb’s enemies had in mind.
Those who are with this Lamb – that is, not against Him – are “the called and chosen and faithful.” They get to act like lambs in this world, too, for Jesus teaches us by both word and deed to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.
Do you try to go through life as God’s lamb…or as your own lion? Notice: God’s lamb…or your own lion?
Being a lamb doesn’t mean being wimpy. There was nothing wimpy about the way Jesus withstood persecution. But neither was there anything retaliatory about it. Jesus was not seeking payback against those who hurt Him. He just kept on being what He had been: a source of goodness and kindness in this world. Let us walk in those footsteps.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, please show me where I’m acting more like a loud-mouthed lion or a boisterous bull than I am a gentle lamb. Help me remember that I don’t need to be defending myself in this life; rather, I want to be defending others and doing good for them – just like You did. Open my eyes to show me how I can imitate You better today…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.