One and the Same, Completely
The Lion and the Lamb
Through time, the Jews, the chosen people of God awaited a savior, a Messiah, the promised one. A Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David.
The elder speaking to John in the throne room of heaven explains this is the only one who has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.
Then John sees a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne.
Notice that this isn’t portrayed as a “but instead” statement. The Lamb is not a replacement for the Lion. The Lamb is not “plan b”. The Lamb is the Lion!
The Lamb was slain but is slain no more. The lamb stands at the center of the throne, the place reserved only for the King, for God Himself. The Lamb doesn’t reach into the inner circle, He does not replace the Father God King on the throne, instead He stands with and in Him. This may be sacrilegious, but think along the lines of the 1990 movie “Ghost” with Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg, where Swayze was embodied in Goldberg. Please don’t take this analogy too far, but the point is that Jesus and the Father are one and in this way, everything that is the Father’s is the Son’s and the scroll held in the right hand of the Father is held in the right hand of Jesus.
The description of the Lamb, with 7 horns and eyes, further describes His physical connection not only to the Divine, but to creation. The seven spirits of the seven churches are not just held in the hand of Jesus, but they are physically part of Him, extensions of who He now is.
a Lamb, looking as if had been slain, standing at the center of the throne (Jesus)
He died as a sacrifice – He had been slain, but was no longer – now was standing
The throne is the throne of God. God is at the center. Jesus is God
completeness of the connection between heaven and the people of earth (7 churches, 7 spirits., 7 candlestands). They are physically part of the lamb of God. They come out from Christ into all the earth.