And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth." Revelation 5:5-6

We've been singing Lion and the Lamb during worship, it's such a beautiful illustration of who Jesus is, "He's roaring in power, and fighting our battles," and at the same time he was obedient as a sacrifice for us and gave Himself for us.

Obedience is so often portrayed in society as a weak characteristic, in Jesus the dualism is countercultural. Jesus the son of the God; our God who has authority over all things, Jesus who is fully God and has the same authority is both powerful and obedient, both a Lion and a Lamb.

During worship I felt God remind me that our children's names reflect this dualism. Our daughter Ari'Ela's name means 'lioness of God' whilst Elijah's middle name is Abraham, reminding us of Abraham's obedience and God's provision of a sacrificial lamb. Whatever trials life brings my children's names will continue to remind me of who God is over all.