Weekly Bulletin – 03 September 2017
Boldness in The Lion of Judah By Dick Eastman and Jack Hayford
“”Pray the largest prayers,” preached Phillips Brooks. “You cannot think of a prayer so large that God, in answering it, will not wish you had made it larger. Pray not for crutches – pray for wings!”
We’ve been instructed by our Lord to come boldly to His throne of grace (Heb. 4:16), and this boldness is wrapped up in Jesus’ name, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5).
Boldness, bathed in audacity and tempered by tenacity, is foundational to fruitful living and praying in Jesus’ name. We need an audacity like that of the newly converted teenager who was asked by his pastor if the Devil ever tried to tell him he wasn’t really born again.
“Yes, sometimes,” the youth answered.
“Well, how do you respond?” queried the pastor.
“I tell him it’s none of his business whether I’m a Christian or not.”
Such boldness, beloved, is a valued quality of Christian maturity. A quality that we can discover in the name of Jesus. Boldness is a quality that is particularly embodied in the title John ascribes to Jesus: The Lion of the Tribe of Judah. In Revelation 5:5 we read, “But one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals’” (Rev. 5:5).
The context of this verse depicts Christ in His present place of ministry. This is not the picture of the future, it is now! Christ is receiving worship now (Rev. 5:9-14), and He is receiving the prayers of His people now (v. 8). The scroll He takes (5:7) is the “title deed” to this planet. It is an expression of the fact that “all authority in heaven and in earth” has been given to Him (Matt. 28:18).
It is as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah that Christ has gained this position. He is the fountainhead of our boldness. Because Christ possesses all authority there is no realm of request concerning anything in heaven (the invisible realm of activity) or on earth (the physical, personal, material, or even political realm of activity) that is beyond our privilege. It is ours in Jesus’ name, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.”
(Dick Eastman & Jack Hayford, Living & Praying In Jesus’ Name, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois, 1988)