Revelations. Usually when people hear that word, their mind goes to magical imagery that that book in the Bible is known for. And while that imagery is important and does point to very important prophetic biblical symbolism, sometimes I think we can get too caught up in it. This morning as I was reading Revelations 5, I realized all over again the beauty and purpose behind the book of Revelation; the gospel and Jesus’ glory. I want to invite you to read this chapter (below) with eyes looking for the message of the gospel, not focusing on the imagery. -go read and then come back up here- ....... (pause for reading). ISN’T THAT BEAUTIFUL?!
NO ONE... NOT ONE PERSON in heaven and on earth could open the seal. No one was worthy. There was no way for us as humans to reach such a holy thing. And just as John was weeping over this news, the elder brings him the Good News. Jesus is the Savior... the Lamb that was slain... the Lion that conquered the grave. God came down to live a perfect life because we couldn’t. He died the death we deserve. He came to pay the debt that He didn’t owe, because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay. THAT is what this chapter is pointing to.
Ill be honest, sometimes the magnitude of what Christ did doesn’t hit me how it should. But through this Scripture in Revelation God opened my eyes in a whole new way to the weight of the cross. The worship of all who were in heaven was abundantly and overwhelmingly magnificent because they looked upon and beheld Christ’s sacrifice and love for us. I pray you would meditate on this ... the greatest news ever. I pray you would realize the weight of the cross just as “every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea” did. And in response, that you would join me & heaven in praising God and worshipping Him for His abundant grace.
Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5 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. 7 He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harpand they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.9 And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign[b] on the earth.”
11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”
14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.