THE BIBLE IS FULL OF language that correlates people with “lambs” and “sheep” and talks about how Jesus is our Shepherd. The purpose of the image is to help readers get the correct perspective of how God views us, no matter how bad we screw up or how righteous and obedient we become—or if we go back and forth between the two.
The lion represents Jesus after His resurrection, as described in Revelation 5:5 (my emphasis): “… Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah [Jesus], the Root of David, has TRI-UMPHED….” When Jesus rose from the dead, He positioned Himself as the watchful, caring Lion of Judah in relation to us as lambs, like you see in the image. We are “lambs” from birth, to the point of salvation, and up until the time we have a mature understanding of God’s Word. But even at the point we have His Word written on our hearts, we only graduate to “sheep” in this relationship. And Jesus will always be the Lion who is fully equipped to keep us against all odds and even after much straying and sin on our part. Even in our darkest hours we will never be viewed more highly or differently than a bloodied little lamb or sheep in need of a good and faithful Shepherd who also delivers, heals, and restores us.
Remember: His pursuit of us and the relationship between the Lion and the lamb/sheep will never end while we are on the earth! In the following Bible verse, Jesus pointed back to Himself and confirmed His position in this relation- ship: “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?” (Luke 15:4 nasb, my emphasis). That’s the kind of faithfulness we can count on from the Lion who will never stop loving us!