The Only One Worthy: Aug 19-23 TVD

Every chapter of Revelation is startling and phenomenal. The scene which unfolds in Revelation 5 leaves one breathless. After describing the massive, sanctified throne in chapter 4, chapter 5 opens with the question, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” The question rang throughout all of creation and not a single one dared to step forward. Then a grand-scale, grand entrance takes place as the Lion of the tribe of Judah steps forward in His powerful, conquering stride. Yes! He is worthy. As John eyes the One moving forward to take the scroll, however, he does not see a Lion but rather a Lamb. With a second look and a gasp, John takes note that this Lamb has been slain and yet there He stands! He takes the scroll right from the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. It was at this moment that the creatures and elders sang a “new song” in tribute to the Lamb. 5:9-10 “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, and You have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” Note that the conquering of the Lion is the slaying of the Lamb. Once slain, the Lamb secured (not offered!) salvation for every child of God, made them a new creation in a new community, and guaranteed their future eternal existence on the new earth. No wonder at that point every creature in the universe shouts praises to the Lamb. As believers, our voices will be chief among them, and should be already!