Prepare for the Warrior King
I was reading Matthew Chapter 16 and came upon the passages when Jesus asks His disciples, “Who do people say I am?” They answer in verse 14 “Some say that thou art John the Baptist, som Elias and other Jeremias, or one of the prophets.” Then Jesus responds and asks “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered and said “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Jesus blesses him and explains that the the Father revealed this to him. Then Jesus goes on to explain that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things. Peter rebuked his Master for that. Jesus says to Peter, “Get behind Me satan! You are an offense to Me…”
Peter recognized Jesus as Messiah, the Son of God. The truth was revealed to Him by the Father, but Peter had a concept taught him by man what Messiah would be like and what He would do. Because the Rabbis taught that Messiah would come and war against their oppressors, Peter had no reference point to understand the suffering servant and Lamb of God. He only knew Messiah as a Warrior King.
So, when Jesus said He would suffer many things and be killed and raised on the third day, Peter’s personal concepts of Messiah rejected the truth. The Warrior King would not willing lay down His life, He would make war. One day Jesus would be the Warrior King, but it was not that time or season. These concepts taught by man, got in Peter’s way and he had to be re-instructed by Jesus. He had to be prepared.
We are in a similar place as Peter right now. What Peter could not see, we know well. We know Jesus as the Lamb of God, the lover of our soul, the one who died for us on the cross and rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. As time winds down and the season changes, we are in preparation to see Jesus in a new way. We are being prepared for His work as the Warrior King. It is a transition time and we are moving from knowing only the Lamb to also knowing Him as the Lion. In the word of God, it says the Lion and the Lamb lie down together.
That means that in our hearts we must accept Jesus as He is. In our heart He is the Lamb and He is the Lion. We either accept Him and all of His work in the earth, or as Jesus said to Peter “for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” Man teaches in abundance about the Lamb of God and we accept Jesus as the Lamb of God. But, like Peter was stuck on Messiah being a Warrior, we cannot be stuck that Messiah is only the suffering servant. He has always been both, is both and always will be both Lion and Lamb.
Following Jesus means we love people, but we war in prayer, word and action against the oppressor of their souls. Following Him means we not only accept Him, but what life in Him requires. The Lion and the Lamb has made our hearts His home. We need to accept Him and all of His work in the earth or we end up going our own way, the way of man, the way of the flesh.
Lord, help me to accept all the YOU are. Help me to love people as You love them, and help me to war against all that which is not of You. Prepare me to receive you as both the Lamb of God and the Warrior King. AMEN.