An Admirable Conjunction of Diverse Excellencies

From Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, by John Piper:

“Christ is a lamb-like Lion and a lion-like Lamb. That is his glory—’an admirable conjunction of diverse excellencies.’

This glorious conjunction shines all the brighter because it corresponds perfectly with our personal weariness and our longing for greatness. …The lamb-like gentleness and humility of this Lion woos us in our weariness. And we love him for it. If he only recruited like the Marines, who want strength, we would despair of coming.

But this quality of meekness alone would not be glorious. The gentleness and humility of the lamb-like Lion become brilliant alongside the limitless and everlasting authority of the lion-like Lamb. Only this fits our longing for greatness. Yes, we are weak and weary and heavy-laden. But there burns in every heart, at least from time to time, a dream that our lives will count for something great. To this dream Jesus said, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age’ (Matthew 28:18-20).

…This is what we long for—a champion, an invincible leader. We mere mortals are not simple either. We are pitiful, yet we have mighty passions. We are weak, yet we dream of doing wonders. We are transient, but eternity is written on our hearts” (37-8).

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