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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

In Like a Lamb, Out Like a Lion

It has been said, if March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb, but if it comes in like a lamb, it will go out like a lion. I haven’t kept track of the 76 months of March in my lifetime, but I believe the saying is fairly accurate. Today, March 1, the month began like a lamb. The weather was almost perfect: about 70 degrees, calm, sunny, and dry; and nothing but blue sky did I see. It will be quite all right with me if this lamb-like weather prevails for the entire month and slips into April. I can live without lion-like weather.

Like the current March weather, Jesus arrived in our world like a lamb. As John the Baptist pointed out, He was “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). By His death on the cross, He brought calming peace to troubled souls (Colossians 1:20). Consequently, all who believe on Him enjoy peace with God (Romans 5:1).

But just as so many March months conclude with lion-like weather, so inevitably all who ignore or reject the Lamb of God will encounter Him as the Lion who roars in judgment (Revelation 5:5).

Anyone can talk about the weather, but no one can do a thing to change it. However, anyone who hears or reads the good news of Jesus’ offer of salvation can believe on the Lamb and avoid the wrath of the Lion forever. John 3:16 explains: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”