The Lamb Wins . . . Us

I have a couple of young male friends who once made a science of flirting. They read books about it, fastidiously putting what they learned into practice.

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Until talking to them, I never knew of the volumes of material written on the subject. I assumed people just followed their instincts. No. Flirting has been raised to a science.

For example, a blogger named Donalgraeme created an acronym for what he called “the five vectors of female attraction.” He wanted to concisely identify what traits in a man attract women. The vectors are:

  • Looks
  • Athleticism
  • Money
  • Power
  • Status

The LAMPS acronym has no doubt worked magic for many a man in fleshly pursuit of a woman. But would it work to win a pure woman? Would it work to secure a real relationship? Or would the shallowness of the criterion itself sabotage any hope of a deeper love?

I got to thinking about the romance between God and His people. Since 2009 I’ve been involved with a project called The Lamb Wins. It’s essentially a cantata based on the book of Revelation, which a group of artists here in Philadelphia have made into a record. I wrote many of the songs and performed on some, along with seventeen other artists. I’ve written a book to accompany the album, and this past October gave an evangelistic series based on it. We’re just now releasing a documentary about the creative process of the album. Due to all these projects, I’ve been eating, drinking, breathing and sleeping Revelation for the past few years.

I’ve come to believe the central motif of the book is the romance between the Lamb and the bride. It seems to me that the war between the Lamb and the beast, essentially an extension of the war between Christ and Satan, is really the secondary war of Revelation. The primary war is the Lamb’s death-defying struggle to win the bride’s affections. It has been a slow, agonizing war—a cold war at times, fought in the silent disappointments of the bridegroom. But finally He wins her.

I found it illuminating that it is after she bestows her full affections, after she is clothed “in fine linen, bright and clean” (Revelation 19:8), symbolizing her full dependency upon Christ’s righteousness, that Jesus returns. Then the White Horse Rider, in a mode of utter triumph and masculine virtuosity, thunders forth to vanquish the enemy.

So what won the bride of Revelation? Did the Lamb use Donalgraeme’s LAMPS?

  • Looks- She doesn’t lay eyes on His physical self till the wedding.
  • Athleticism- A Lamb doesn’t show much muscle.
  • Money- The Lamb’s beast-nemesis flashes much more money than He does.
  • Power- And the beast seems to have more power.
  • Status- Does dying on a Cross sound like status?

My point is that the Lamb wins the bride’s heart on the basis of something far more substantial than Doangraeme’s “LAMPS.” The Lamb has a lamp of His own. The goodness of God illuminates the Holy City, “and its lamp is the Lamb,” (Revelation 21:23, italics supplied). That Jesus calls Himself “the Lamb” 29 times in Revelation—more than any other name—is no accident. He refers to the aspect of Himself that ultimately succeeds in conquering the heart of His woman. It is His self-sacrificing love. The Lamb wins His bride on the basis of His character of love.

And a woman won by love is a woman won forever.



The Lamb Wins . . . Us — 19 Comments

  1. Beautiful! Really, your take on the key message of Revelation, is beautiful. Crystal, concise and entirely comprehensible! Thank you Jesus!

  2. God's love for us is the strongest current force in creation. The 3 Angels Message is a warning born out of love. "They will know us by our love" is also how we must win souls for Christ before it is finished. I love Rev/Dan. and this view realty rises to the top above all other interpretations or translations. Thank you.

  3. Jennifer, it’s too bad that most people don’t see things the way you see them. From what you have said in other articles your marriage is based on the kind of love that you describe here and blessed are you because of that.

    I think it is also amazing that Jesus has won the controversy not by being a clench fisted activist but by simply being Himself passively letting His character of love shine through while the opposition was actively attempting to tear Him down.

  4. Hi Jennifer,

    I really appreciate your directing our focus on what the "great controversy" is all about. It's a question I posed to my Sabbath School class. I renamed the "great controversy" as "the great war" and suggested that all wars are over something. What is each side after? Several people replied, "our hearts."

    We all need to remember that. We are not "pawns" in a war between Christ and Satan - as some have seen it. Instead, we are the objects of Christ's love. And Satan is doing his worst to misrepresent our great Lover and attribute to Him Satan's own characteristics.

    Christ wants our hearts. Satan just wants us to buy into his principles of selfishness so he can destroy us. We are the free agents who get to choose one or the other.

    I choose Christ, and I trust that all other readers will too.

  5. Tyler, I love that: "Jesus has won . . . not by being a clenched fisted activist." I struggle with the whole question of social activism but I must agree that Jesus wasn't one on the strictest sense.

  6. True love wins , that same love demonstrated on the Cross can not be compared to any charms of the Lamb's enemy. Oh what a manner of of love, I love Jesus

  7. Wow! What a beautiful and inspiring message we have here. It has just given me another better sight of the LOVE Jesus has for the Church.
    It's not either about the Looks,Power,Money,Status,or Athleticism...NO! It's about a better sacfrice of LOVE,TRUE LOVE. A LOVE that never fails but perseveres and conquers all things,even fear.
    And this I quote, "a woman won by Love is a woman won forever."

    This is absolutely Amazing. God bless you.

  8. Lovely, just lovely.

    The LAMPS that Doangraeme discovered seems like a natural outcome of a sinful state of mind. Eves' loss of trust in her Creator caused a development of trust in the five LAMPS attributes because they provide a sense of security.

  9. "The Great Controversy" Summarized. The "Great Picture" is now clear, Visible and understood. Jennifer, It's a blessing to have you and share these much? God bless your endeavors.


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