This is what the LORD says to me: “As a lion growls, a great lion over his prey-
He is not frightened by their shouts or disturbed by their clamor- so the LORD Almighty will come
down to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights." Isaiah 31:4
The month of March gets its name from Mars, the Roman god of war, due to the stormy weather that usually marches on in this month. Over time, this same weather pattern became associated
with the ferocious attacks of a lion. Poised between the wintry month of February and the warmer weather of April we get the expression, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”.
For Christians, these expressions have a far deeper and more significant meaning than just the weather. As we journey through Lent this month, we follow Jesus, the Lion of Judah, as He battles
against sin and Satan. As a great lion growls over his prey, Jesus did not let anything stand in His way. He resisted every effort to silence His message of God’s reign on earth. He was not
“frightened by their shouts or disturbed by their clamor”. He taught with authority and backed it up with powerful miracles. He created quite a storm among the people of his day, culminating in
a battle on Mount Calvary.
March goes out with Jesus, the Lamb of God dying on a cross. The weather was indeed strange that day. There was darkness in the middle of the day as the Light of the world died. However, this death was not the end. On the contrary, this was the beginning of everlasting life for all who believe. The battle over sin and Satan was finished. Almighty God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice and raised Him from the dead. Forgiveness of sins and eternal life was secured for you, me and all people.
As a result of that battle so long ago, we can march on in confidence and joy not only this month, but
in all the months to come. Storms are bound to come our way, but the LORD will see us through. I hope you will join me in worshiping the Lion of Judah and the Lamb of God each Sunday (8:30 and 11 am) and Wednesday (2 pm and 6:30 pm) this month.