You know, some people see Revelation as a scary book (portions are often quoted in horror movies, for example), but I find it beautiful in so many ways. It’s a prophetic book about the ultimate unveiling of Jesus Christ – every eye will see Him – what’s not absolutely stunning about that?!
This morning I’ve been thinking about the scene in heaven’s throne room from chapter five. For those not familiar, there is a scroll, sealed with seven seals, that nobody in heaven or on earth can open. It’s enough to make John, the one to whom this vision was committed, weep. Soon, though, he is comforted: “Do not weep,” an elder says to him. “Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and loose it’s seven seals.”
What happens next as the Lamb of God takes center stage can only be described as pure worship.
Those in the throne room fall down and sing a new song, “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, language, people, and nation. You made them kings and priests to serve God, and they will reign on the earth.”
Then the angels chime in: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
Then, John says EVERY created being joins the song: “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever.”
He is worthy because He has redeemed us. He has all power and authority because He conquered the divide between God and man. The Lion is His name!