THEME: WORTHY IS THE LAMB
Revelation 5:6-13 NIV
“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 of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. 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. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” 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. 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!” 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!”
-John describes His frustrations as He attempts to find a suitable person or deity capable of opening the scroll sealed by seven seals. He couldn’t find one but an elder encouraged him saying, “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” (Revelation 5:5). The Lamb who is also the Lion of Judah showing strength and power. The seven horns of the Lamb also represent completeness of power and strength even-though the Lamb was slain. The seven eyes display fullness of wisdom, knowledge and understanding therefore worthy all power, wisdom, honor and strength.
-The Lamb is a picture of the sacrifice of sin. John 1:29 records John’s statement when he saw Jesus saying, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” The Lamb also depicts a mighty conqueror. Revelation 17:14 confirms this stating that. “They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of Lords and King of kings and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” Given such a realization, the heavens and the earth acknowledge Christ as worthy of all exultation. David organized an orchestra of worship to God given such realization. 1 Chronicles 16:23-36 reveals the organization of Levites and skilled instrumentalists charged with worship saying, He is worthy of praise. They also acknowledge that God is to be feared above all gods of the nations for He made all the nations and splendor and majesty are before Him. Therefore all families of the nations ascribe to God glory and strength. Christ is worthy of all praise and His greatness no one can fathom (Psalms 145:1-3). Christ is worthy of all glory since He took the form of man and left His throne and died for our sins. Due to His salvation power and honor we say that He is worthy. God therefore exulted Him to the highest place and has the name that is above every other name, that at His name every knee should bow, heaven and on earth and tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:8-11). We are then called to honor God, give thanks to Him and call Him worthy in all circumstances for only He deserves.
You are Lamb of God who was slain, to receive power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and praise. Worthy are You Lord and worthy is Your name. We call You worthy for only You deserve dear Lord Jesus. You are filled with strength, splendor and majesty, we call You worthy. We give You thanks and praise for this far that You have brought us and the far that You are taking us. We thank You for You have good plans for our lives, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. Thank You for Your gift of salvation and for making us kings and priests to You, and we have dominion on the earth. May Your promises and purposes for our lives come to pass in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. May You bless us and keep us Lord. May You make Your face to shine towards us and be gracious unto us. May You turn Your countenance towards us and give us peace. Amen
Further reading: Psalms 145:1-21