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.”
6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits[a] of God sent out into all the earth. (Revelation 5:5-6 NIV)
The Apostle John might have been slightly surprised when He saw Jesus appear in the form of a lamb. Of course John knew that Jesus is the “Lamb of God” (John 1:29), but he had been told that the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” would be coming. Of course Jesus is both the Lion and the Lamb. He is a Lion because He is powerful and will destroy His enemies, a lamb because of the way He humbly died for our sins on the cross. Throughout the book of Revelation we will see Jesus perform dual roles as Judge to some and Savior to others.
Before I close this post let me note a few facts. First of all, notice that the lamb was both slain but alive. This obviously represents Jesus victory over death. Also, notice that He is “standing at the center of the throne” with the living creatures and the elders gathering around, presumably giving Him the same worship that they had been giving to God the Father in the previous verses. Finally, notice that the Holy spirit is pictured here within the person of the lamb as seven horns and seven eyes. The result is that we now have all three members of the trinity sitting on the throne: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.