A giant bronze lion statue commemorating the brotherhood shared by Christians and Jews was dedicated in Jerusalem on Saturday in a special ceremony. Max Greiner, an American Christian artist, produced the 1,134-pound, 11-foot-long bronze monument known as the Lion of Judah. According to Faithwire, the sculpture was given to Israel as a gesture of goodwill and to signify American Christians’ support for Israeli Jews.
The ceremony within Jerusalem’s Old City Walls was attended by several important Christian and Jewish guests.
“We are grateful for this sculpture of the Lion of Judah.” We praise you, Lord, for being the Lion. Lord, we thank you that no weapon made against us will prosper. “We thank you, Lord, because we are ambassadors of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and not even the gates of hell shall prevail,” Life Without Limbs CEO Nick Vujicic prayed.
In his remarks at the dedication, Rabbi Pesach Wolicki declared that God had fulfilled His promise to provide the Jews the state of Israel after scattering them and later restoring them.
He also mentioned God’s fulfillment of His promise in Psalm 126, which declares that when the Lord returns His people, they would exclaim, “He has done wonderful things for them.”
“Christian prayer, support, and friendship for the Jewish state, the State of Israel, is no less a fulfillment of biblical prophecy than the establishment of the State of Israel itself,” Wolicki added. “One of the most amazing events in recent history is the rising friendly friendship between Christians and Jews.”
“This Lion of Judah sculpture commemorates this miracle for future generations.” Visitors to Jerusalem will come here for decades and millennia to read the inscription and be reminded that as the State of Israel grew in our time, American Christians suffered.The Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, also commended the close relationship between Christians and Jews.
“We have a prayer in Hebrew when we inaugurate something as special as this that reflects the incredible connection between Jews, Christians, and the Evangelical community,” she explained.
“We are so blessed to have arrived here, to have the Old City of Jerusalem, where we just celebrated Jerusalem Day, 55 years of the reunification of the city King David built for the Jewish Kingdom of Israel, the city that united all the tribes of the Jewish Kingdom of Israel, the city that symbolizes peace in Hebrew,” the deputy mayor said. As reported by The Jerusalem Post, the Lion of Judah statue was installed in Bloomfield Garden, one of the largest parks in Jerusalem, back in May 2020.