9“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”
13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
There may be no more glorious scene in all of scripture than what we see in Revelation 5. Thousands of angels singing. Hovering cherubim holding the burning prayers of the saints. Worshiping elders. God himself on the throne. A mysterious scroll. And, of course, the Lamb. The Lion of Judah and Root of Jesse who alone can open the scroll.
It is a description of the indescribable. It’s a glimpse into the throne room of Heaven. A glimpse that raises many questions, but a glimpse that also answers all of our biggest questions. Who will judge the earth? Who will destroy our sin? Who will make all things right? Who will return humanity to a state of worship? All of our biggest questions are asked and answered by the question of the mighty angel of heaven – “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals” (Rev. 5:2)?
And John “wept loudly” because he did not have an answer to this question.
But then the answer came.
The Lamb is worthy. The Lamb born in a manger among shepherds. The Lamb worshiped by magi. The Lamb who resisted all temptation. The Lamb who fulfilled all righteousness. The Lamb slaughtered upon a cross. The Lamb ascended into heaven. He is worthy. Why? Because he is the one who ransomed humanity by his blood. The Lamb alone can judge us. He alone can restore us. He alone will make us a kingdom of priests to rule upon the earth. Now we must worship him alone.
Who is worthy of your worship today? Who is worthy to judge your life today? Who is worthy to rule in your heart? Who deserves all your power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing?
The answer is not a king who demands your life. It is a king who GAVE you his. The one we worship is a slaughtered Lamb. You see, he’s not worthy because he overpowered us. He’s worthy because he was overpowered for us. He’s worthy because in the weakness of his cross he destroyed all that would destroy us.
“To live is Christ” means no more wondering about the meaning of life. It is Christ. Our worthy Lamb. It is living for his glory as his co-regents on earth. Someday? Yes. Today? Yes. Every day? By his grace.
Can you imagine yourself within the scene of Revelation 5?
You in Christ
In Christ means finding our worth in the worthiness of the Lamb. Is Christ alone the source of your worth?
Christ in you
Do you see yourself as one of Christ’s king-priests on earth? How might you live differently if you did?
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