Vicit agnus noster, eum sequamur.
Our lamb has conquered; him let us follow.
“In Jesus we have a clue to
which kinds of causation,
which kinds of community-building,
which kinds of conflict management,
go with the grain of the cosmos,
of which we know, as Caesar does not,
that Jesus is both the Word (the inner logic of things)
and the Lord (“sitting at the right hand”).“
-John Howard Yoder, in The Politics of Jesus, p246
I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy
to open the scroll or look inside.
Then one of the elders said to me,
“Do not weep!
See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.
He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
And they sang a new song:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased men for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.”
[More on the Lamb and the Dove.]