SPRING, 2021


Have you heard Andrew Peterson’s marvelous worship song, “Is He Worthy?” We hope you have! We think it is one of the best songs produced in a long time. 

I think we first heard it while watching Dr. David Jeremiah’s “Turning Point” broadcast before we returned to worship in person at our church.  FIND IT AND BE BLESSED!!!

For years I have loved the passage in Revelation 5 about the scroll with seven seals and the search for someone to open it. Our first Brooklyn Tabernacle cassette years ago included the song, “The Lamb Has Overcome.” I remember driving and weeping as we listened to it. I played it over and over to let its powerful message penetrate deep into my spirit.

When I first studied the passage, a question arose. The elder told John that the Lion of the tribe of Judah could loose the seals and open the scroll. Yet when John looked, he saw not a lion, but a lamb. It was the Lamb who took the book from the hand of the angel, and all of heaven fell down to worship Him. Every voice sang, “Thou art worthy!”

I know that Jesus is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world; He is also the Lion of the tribe of Judah.

I did not understand, however, why the elder referenced the Lion when the Lamb was about to appear and take the scroll. I prayed as I studied.

I believe the Lord told me that Jesus always seeks to reveal Himself in His gentle, loving Lamb identity to remove any fear factors that  one may feel when confronted for the first time by pure unconditional Love. Any level of positive response to that love opens the door to a transformed life, to miracles, and to heaven. To embrace the offer of the loving Lamb nature of Jesus overcomes and banishes fear.

But if the one who encounters that pure, unconditional love resists, the manifestation of the Lord’s gentle, loving Lamb nature is distorted by fear into a threat to self and appears as ferocious and as devouring as a lion. That’s why one of the most frequent admonitions in Scripture is, “Fear not.” Fear, faith’s opposite, always perverts and misinterprets reality.

Do your remember Peter’s first encounter with Jesus? In Luke 5, the multitude so pressed around Jesus that He had to step into a boat at the edge of Galilee to teach them. The boat belonged to Peter. When Jesus finished speaking, He asked Peter to push out into deep water and let down his nets. At first Peter, a professional fisherman, protested; he said that he  and his crew had fished all night and had caught nothing.

In the film “Jesus” based on Luke’s gospel that has been powerfully used of the Lord all over the world, this scene shows Jesus standing in the bow of the boat, just silently looking at Peter. Finally, Peter said, “I’ll do it because you say so.” When he did, in no time so many fish had leaped into the nets that they began to break! He had to signal for other fishing crews to come help with the miraculous catch.

Peter was “blown away”! He fell down at Jesus’ feet and said, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” Jesus replied, Do not fear; from now on you will be catching men.”

When humans encounter God, our first impulse is to flee. That’s what Adam and Eve did and what Israel did at Sinai. But Hebrews 11:6 God says, “…without faith, it is impossible to please Him…”

Faith begins when I choose to move toward God rather than obeying my innate fear and running away from Him. That choice greatly pleases God; and He invites me to stick around (abide) so He can put His Holy Spirit inside me to start creating the nature of the Lamb, making me His child! That’s what He’s always wanted! Grace reveals to me that not only did I desperately need this miracle, but also that it’s what I had always really wanted, too!  “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable and unfathomable “His ways! (Romans 11:33)