The LION of the Tribe of JUDAH
The VICTORY of GRACE
Jesus is called the lion of the tribe of Judah. Have you ever taken the time to figure out the meaning behind this title? Who is Judah and was there something special about him? Why a lion and does a lion represent something about God? What does this teach us about God and eternity? In order to understand the victory of grace that Jesus Christ has won, we must understand two main statements:
- Statement #1:
- Bad people don’t get to go to heaven; Good people don’t get to go to heaven. Perfect people get to go to heaven.
- Statement #2:
- God takes good sinners and bad sinners, forgives them and transforms them into heroes of faith.
1. It seems that the average person believes that good people get to go to heaven, but bad people go to hell. But the good news of Jesus Christ teaches us that only perfect people get to be with God for eternity. Why do you think so many people believe that being good will give us eternal life?
2. Discuss the horrible sins of Jacob’s first four sons. Reuben, the firstborn, raped his father’s concubine (Genesis 35:22); Simeon and Levi committed genocide by killing all the men of Shechem (Genesis 34); Judah committed incest with his daughter-in-law and got her pregnant with twins (Genesis 38). Looking at their sins possibly makes you feel better about your own shortcomings. But talk about how our own pride makes us think we are better than others and how we should humbly thank God for His saving grace.
3. Are you at peace with how God chose Judah over Joseph to be in the line of the Messiah? Or does it bother you that Joseph, who was a really good man, was not the one chosen to be the direct lineage of Jesus?
4. On the day of the resurrection, Mary of Magdala was the first person to see Jesus (John 20:1-18). She had been healed of 7 demons. Why do you think she was the first one?
Applying the Word to Life
5. Have you ever thought about how accepting God’s grace will transform you into having a victorious life over sin? What sin do you need to confess to God today? Listen to God’s heart and how He wants to transform you into a hero. Also, have you ever thought of yourself as a hero of the faith?