“These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.”
Distinctions are going to be made, whether we like it or not. John saw a select group of people who were extraordinary in many ways. But their particular badge of honor was their deep and insatiable desire for the Lamb. They saw themselves as followers whose happiness was only manifested walking in the footsteps of the Lamb.
“Lamb-followers” are a rare breed. They are not like others. They draw all comfort and well being by being in close proximity with the Lord, and maintaining that as their primary purpose. They follow Him because they love Him before anything else. Jesus has truly become their first-love.
Scripture has some eccentricities at times. In this verse Jesus specifically and precisely is identified as a Lamb. It is perhaps a bit unusual, as Jesus is given so many titles, names and accolades in this Revelation of Jesus Christ given to the gentle disciple, John. But why “Lamb?” There certainly others more majestic, more stately and dignified.
The Lamb is following his Father, and we are following the Lamb. The Lamb takes an interesting path. He takes us on a tour of discipleship, and we follow him through difficult challenges and sweet blessings. He is most gentle and kind. But he has supreme power and complete authority. And yet, he is a lamb. An all-powerful lamb.
This badge of honor is a mark of special grace. Lamb-followers understand this, there is no pretension to any righteousness within their minds. Everything they need has been graciously provided. It is their exclusive position. And He gives it to all who ask for it.
They carry this distinction without any self-awareness or conceit. Their eagerness to be with him strips them of any foul contamination, or they could never travel in his path. The Lamb teaches them patiently. They learn to strip themselves of all vanity and fleshiness.
The Lamb has gone to the cross. He has laid down all of his deity and all its various divine accouterments. He stripped himself down and became the least of everyone. Lamb-followers must walk this same path, and it is most challenging. But the Lamb also has come to his throne, and we who follow share in his glory. But He must become our soul’s “first-love.”
- Lion and the Lamb (amandapryor1.wordpress.com)