This is what some refer to as Holy Week, where special attention is paid to commemorate Jesus’ final week here as a human. So today I thought we would take a moment to celebrate Jesus and think about the many facets of Who He is!  As I reflected on the donkey Jesus rode during what some call Palm Sunday when Jesus, I immediately recalled that He also rode a Horse in the bible and that He is called the Lamb and the Lion. So I thought we would look at these 4 animals quickly today! 


Main Verses:

John 12:14: 

“ Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:  

“Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey’s colt.”  

Revelation 19:11-13

“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 

John 1:29 

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Revelation 5:5 

“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 to loose its seven seals.”

A Donkey and a Horse

In what they call the Triumphal Entry Jesus rode the donkey. He was fulfilling the Messianic prophecy spoken by Zechariah approximately 500 years before. Isn’t the bible amazing?  Anyhow in Zechariah 9:9, it says: 

“Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

What do we learn from His ride on the Donkey?

  1. He came riding on a young colt, which apparently symbolized a king coming in peace. So this ride Jesus was portraying Himself as the Prince of Peace. As the one who can grant us peace that the world cannot comprehend.
  2. But what was also significant was his humility. He humbled himself to come and endure all He did  
  3. He was a Savior, it says endowed with Salvation. In fact, the people shouted out “Hosanna, Hosanna” which actually means save us! He didn’t save them as they pictured it from Roman rule, but He saved them and us all from sin. 

When we turn to the very last book of Revelation, we see Jesus riding another animal, this time a white horse; portraying a completely different side of His nature. But one we must never forget. This time He was coming as a warrior and the only one who could finish up things on earth.  This time He was coming to earth to judge and make war. If we read through Revelation 19:11-16. We see a vastly different picture of the man humbly riding a colt. We see a Man of War with flaming eyes and a sword in His mouth.

Apparently, in those times a White Horse symbolizes Victory in battle and was a symbol of dominant rule and royalty. So it’s no wonder this was the animal of choice for this powerful occurrence.

What do we learn from His ride on the Horse?

  1. We must live from an eternal perspective, our time here is comparatively short, compared to eternity, and our decisions have eternal consequences.
  2. He is the Commander of Heaven’s armies and He will judge the nations.
  3. Jesus is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! 

THE LAMB and the LION

Jesus is described in 1 Corinthians 5:7  as our Passover lamb which was sacrificed. During the final days of judgment in Egypt God’s people were instructed to take a lamb unblemished male a year old, kill it and take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses, etc. Lambs were also commonly used in Leviticus as sacrifices for the people’s sins. So in this context, we understand Jesus’ role as our Passover and sacrificial lamb. Hebrews 9:14 says He offers himself without spot to God for our sake!

What do we learn from Jesus as a Lamb?

  1. There is that humility again, Jesus left the glory of heaven to be a Lamb and fulfills Isaiah 53 prophecy which states that ‘like a lamb that is led to slaughter. He didn’t open His mouth’ despite the oppression and affliction.
  2. Only sinless Jesus could be the spotless lamb we needed to pay the sacrificial price for our sins. Jesus fulfilled the law, so all the Old Testament requirements for blood and death for sin were fulfilled by Jesus for us!
  3. As the perfect Lamb, He took away the sins of the World! The World! That every human being was given this gift to receive or reject.

THE LION:

Lions are considered to be the king of the jungle due to their size, strength, and numbers and because they don’t fear any other animal. Everybody knows you do not MESS with a Lion. It is NOT docile like the lamb.  In fact, Proverbs 30:30 tells us:” The lion, which is mightiest among beasts and does not turn back before any.”

So when Jesus is described as a Lion we understand His majestic nature. We really understand that as the Lion He chose to be the Lamb! 

Oh, by the way, REMEMBER: the enemy is LIKE a lion BUT only Jesus is the Lion!

What do we learn from Jesus as a LION?

  1. Jesus is God! He is not fearful of any man, anything He did on earth He did of His own free will in obedience to His Father……. He endured rejection, persecution, pain, torture, and even death for our sake! 
  2. Jesus rules over all and His name is above every name above every title.
  3. Jesus was the only one worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals because as the Lion of the tribe of Judah He had conquered. 

Biggest Lesson: (About Jesus) 

From the 4 chapters alone where we took our Key Verses today. We see Jesus as:

Our Savior and Redeemer,  The Faithful One,  The True, Our Living Word,  Warrior, Commander of Heaven’s Army!

So I’ve learned that God is whatever we need whenever we need! That is why in Exodus 3:14 He said to Moses:

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

Probably if He started to list out all He was, they would still be there having that conversation!

So as we celebrate all of who Jesus is today, we remember Jesus is God and there are over 200 names/titles listed and portrayed in the Word that speaks to His nature, His character, and His Purpose. If you have a minute or two more I’ll read out just 50 now. May you be blessed:


Names of Jesus Christ

1. Savior

2. Redeemer

3. Bread of Life

4. Lord

5. Creator

6. Son of the Living God

7. Only Begotten Son

8. Beloved Son

9. Holy One of Israel

10–14. Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace

15. King of Kings

16. Head of the Church

17. The Almighty

18. Alpha and Omega

19. Master

20. King of the Jews

21. High Priest

22. Prophet

23. Teacher

24. Immanuel

25. Advocate

26. Mediator

27. Judge

28. Chief Cornerstone

29. Author and Finisher of Our Faith

30. Lamb of God

31. Good Shepherd

32. The Shepherd and Bishop of Souls

33. The Word

34. Fountain of Living Waters

35. Rock

36. Messias

37. True Vine

38. Branch

39. Bridegroom

40. Dayspring

41. Shiloh

42. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah

43. The Bright and Morning Star

44. The Image of the Invisible God

45. I Am

46. Son of Man

47. Carpenter

48. The Way, the Truth and the Life

49. King of Israel

50. Christ

Praise the Lord!

 If by chance you do not by chance know this Jesus we celebrate today, there is no time like the present. There is a Short Prayer for Salvation and our quoted verses in the description box below. Let Him be the “I am” for you!

Peace and Love to you all, Coach D


Scriptures:

Main Verses:

  1. John 1:29 
  2. John 12:14: 
  3. Revelation 19:11-13
  4. Revelation 5:5 

Other Verses:

  • Exodus 3:14
  • 1 Corinthians 5:7
  • Zechariah 9:9