by Dan Weyerhaeuser, Senior Pastor
Is it not incredible that we have this God as our Father, and this Lord Jesus as our Savior, that this Holy Spirit dwells within us. And He invites us to be with Him, not because we are so good or strong, so smart or important, etc. In fact, countless deeds and thoughts and words in our lives make it impossible to be with this Holy God.
And yet, as we open Revelation 5, a sea of people are there, God’s people. How? We have a Redeemer. And Jesus, being our Redeemer, is reason for praise and worship for eternity! We see this in our verses today, Revelation 5:1-10, Jesus our Redeemer in the middle of the plan of God.
In Chapter 4, the Apostle John was “called to heaven” in a vision. The book of Revelation is what God showed Him about how Jesus will bring the Kingdom of God to this world.
Read Revelation 5:1-10 carefully.
A few words of explanation.
- The One who sits on the throne here is God. It might be the Father, but more likely Jesus.
- The “scroll” with seven seals is the plan of God to bring the Kingdom of Light to this world of darkness.
- V. 3 No one was worthy (except Jesus… we’ll get to Him in a moment) to open the scroll. What that means is that no one is worthy to bring God’s Kingdom to the world.
- V. 4 John wept to think that the world would remain as it is.
- V. 5 One of the elders that sat before the throne of God came to John and said, “The Lion of Judah has conquered and can open the scroll.”
- V. 6-10 When John looked at “the Lion of Judah,” He saw “a Lamb looking as though He had been slain.” This is how Revelation works… it is not that the Lion became the Lamb, it is that the Lion is, at the same time, the Lamb.
- When Jesus begins to open the scroll, God begins to bring judgment to evil in the world and to establish the Kingdom of Light. All of heaven breaks out in incredible worship and praise over this… Jesus our Redeemer.
Read Rev. 5:1-10 three times carefully. What does this lead you to say to the Jesus who sits with you right now?
This redemption included you. As we read on in Revelation 5, we see the full sea of the Redeemed (which, if you are a Christian, includes you) gathered in worship of Christ. What would you say to Jesus for His bringing you to be there? Tell Him.
What adjectives would you use to describe Jesus in this scene? These are words of praise. Share them with Him.
As you conclude: What is one truth about God from these texts you can take through your day? How can you remember it?
Can you think of two people you will see today who don’t yet know the love of Christ? Take a moment and pray for both of them, that God’s Spirit would give them new birth. Then watch for how He brings you two together!
Go spend your day with the God Who redeems!