‘The Lamb, who was slain’ (v 12) is worshipped at God’s throne
- Why do you think John was so upset by this (v 4)?
- Who is the Lamb (vv 6-14)?
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Going Deeper From 'Words of Life'
Sealed scrolls were important documents in the apostle John’s day. In this case, the scroll was sealed with seven seals – arranged so that as each seal was broken, the scroll could be unrolled a little more. The scroll contained God’s purposes for what lay ahead. The angel called for a volunteer to break the seals – someone who was ‘worthy’ to perform this act.
Christ, the Lion of Judah, was the only one worthy to unlock the mysteries of God. The only one who could put into action the forces that will bring God’s purposes to fruition. For he is the Lamb of God. And so, he takes the scroll from the One sitting on the throne. As he does this, the four living creatures and the 24 elders fall down before the Lamb, singing 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 men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation’ (v 9).
John saw all of this taking place, then heard the voices of ‘ten thousand times ten thousand’ angels encircling the throne, singing:
‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!’(v 12).
Can you picture this marvellous and majestic scene? Can you hear all the angels singing? Now, can you envision what it will be like, one day, when we are all there together before the throne – and before the Lamb of God? What worship times we will have! What a glorious future is ours – for eternity!
Worthy is the Lamb!
Lord, I can hardly take it all in. I am so humbled, knowing what awaits me. Praise be to the Lamb! Thy Kingdom come!
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