‘Majesty, strength and courage at rest.’
This banner shows a majestic lion at rest and at peace. It reflects Jesus at rest, having accomplished all that was required of Him. It is finished! He is now watching over His Word to perform it. Conveyed is a sense of tranquility, with expectancy that all will be fulfilled in His time. The battle has been won and He is resting as He watches the victory unfold. The banner carries a sense of calm majesty, satisfaction, even joy at the job well done. It represents God Himself in Christ - self existent and eternal.
The purple background reflects the majesty and kingship of Jesus, the King of Kings. Like Jesus, we need to step aside at times and rest, letting God do His work in us.
Name of the LORD:
YHWH Self-existent, eternal
Whilst there are many different ways that lions are portrayed or used in Scripture, these banners refer to the images of Jesus as God. The allusions of lions are most often to its majesty and strength, indicative of royalty (Proverbs 30:30), its courage (Proverbs 28:1) and its fierceness (Psalm 22:13).
Jesus is described as the triumphant lion, The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the root of David, the only person in heaven and earth who was worthy to open the scroll in Revelation 5:5.
Resting in the Bible means cessation and refreshment. Christ's rest is not a rest from work, but in work, not inactivity, but harmony of body, soul and spirit. In Hebrews 4:9 the concept is of a perpetual Sabbath rest to be enjoyed uninterruptedly by believers in contrast to the weekly Sabbath under the law.
Often in the Old Testament God�s people were reminded to observe the Sabbath day and to keep it holy (Eg Deuteronomy 5:12) In Mark 2:23-28 Jesus said that He was the master of the Sabbath day, the day that was made for the people to rest because rest is important for us. Luke 5:16 tells us that Jesus often withdrew in order to rest and spend time in prayer.
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