Listen to this devotional:
Many people look forward to seeing what the weather is like in the first few days of March. The saying goes, "If March comes in like a lion" (by that, it means with wintry, blustery winds and snow), "then it will go out like a lamb" (more spring-like). The reverse is also said to be true: "If March comes in like a lamb, then it will go out like a lion."
I am not totally sure of the accuracy of the lamb and lion theme, but it does get us through the winter season.
As Christians, we also look to events and times to track by. For us, Christmas is the season in which we remember Christ's birth, and then we move into the season of Lent, remembering Christ's crucifixion, followed by His resurrection.
We know from the Word that Christ will also return. When He comes again, He will come as a lion. His first appearance was as a lamb — a sacrifice for our sins.
John 1:30 – Here he is, God's Passover Lamb! He forgives the sins of the world! This is the man I've been talking about, "the One who comes after me but is really ahead of me." (MSG)
Revelation 5:5 – See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. (NIV)
As we anticipate the Easter season, may our focus and hearts be not on circumstances, the weather, and the multitude of other distractions, but on Christ the Lamb, who died for us, and on the Lion who is risen and will reign forever.
Prayer: Dear Lord, as we approach this Lent and Easter season, may our thoughts be of all that You have done and continue to do for us. May this be a time for us to witness of Your love and mercy to the lost and broken of this world. Show us how, and challenge us to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth to fulfill the mandate of Your Son. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.