For the March newsletter, we are reminded of the folklore saying, “in like a lion, out like a lamb”. The tale has always seemed straightforward enough. When March starts, it’s still winter, and by the end of the month, spring normally begins. Lion and lamb have always been biblical also. The lamb was always associated with sacrifice, a blood sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins. The lion has always been a symbol of strength.
All through scriptures the lion and lamb are referenced. In Isaiah 11:6 “The wolf will live with the lamb…and a little child will lead them”. The child is a reference of Jesus. Isaiah 65:25 “The wolf and the lamb will feed together…they will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain”. John 1:29 “ The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”. These are some biblical references to who Jesus really is. Jesus lived a perfect and sinless life. He arrived as the sacrificial lamb which took away the sins of the world. We will begin to contemplate the journey Jesus took through the Lenten season.
Starting on Ash Wednesday where we take the celebration palm branches, symbol of his triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, and reduce them to ashes. We then take 40 days to lead us to His death on Good Frida, to Easter when he rose from the dead. Just like March, Jesus arrived like a lamb, but will return as a lion, the Lion of Judah. May God richly bless you with understanding through this Lenten season.
God’s blessings to all. Dan