We never would have planned for it to be Judah’s reign… but then again God always seems to turn our reason on its nose. So not only do we have a lion of the tribe of Judah (remember Judah), but Mary places her little lion cub in a manager for you and for me. Isn’t that just strange? The God that made you and the entire universe, that will conquer Satan and Hell and death, we first meet as innocent and harmless as a kitten.
And that is the mystery of our God. He takes created things to deliver to you his promises and the goods of that very promise. He doesn’t beckon you to his high and holy throne; NO… instead he comes to you as part of the very creation he made. He comes as the man… to redeem man… by clothing himself not only in the flesh and blood of you and me, but in the temptations and the sorrows and tears of living in the valley of the shadow of death. Indeed, he who knew no sin becomes sin and devours it like a lion – a full grown, roaring lion.
Judah’s line is a royal line and this King of the Jungle reigns by being crucified on a Roman cross. The full strength of our God is realized in the death of a man… The full strength of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah cannot be stolen from him, but instead he rises again to life and the scepter shall not depart from him. He stooped down, to grab you and by the water of your baptism – now you have lion’s blood in your veins.
Come Lord Jesus. Amen.