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Jesus the Warrior

Growing up in a rural Southern Baptist church, every picture of Jesus was pretty similar. He had feathered, light brown hair with blonde streaks that came below His shoulders. He always had a peaceful look on His face, staring toward heaven with clear, blue eyes. Every story we learned in Sunday School showed Jesus as kind and gentle. Jesus was kind and gentle, but as I read through the Bible, I began to see another side of my Savior. He is also a warrior, fighting for his people.

In Revelation 1:14-16, John describes a man who was “dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.”

This was not the Jesus I learned about in Sunday School. This Jesus seemed more like a superhero, and I found it reassuring. While there’s much to learn from Jesus’ patient, serving heart, we also need a warrior who goes to battle for us every day. Jesus is both. He’s the warrior and the servant, or, as we see in Revelation 5, the lion and the lamb.

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