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May 3, 2013

ImageText:  “And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.” Revelation 5:6

The apostle John was given the awesome privilege to experience in sound, color, and sight an amazing revelation from God. On a Lord’s day morning he hears a trumpet-like voice inviting him to write what he is about to see. He is then guided and instructed by an angel through a door and into the presence of amazing heavenly creatures as they worship God sitting on a throne. God holds a scroll in his right hand and a voice asks, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” It seems that no one can be found and John  weeps because at first no one appears to take the scroll.  He is informed that the Lion  of Judah has the right to open the scroll. John is expecting to see a ferocious lion, but instead  he beholds a Lamb!

The Lamb, of course, is a symbol of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. He alone is worthy to open the scroll and deliver his Father’s message to the church. There are so many truths revealed about Jesus in this passage (let alone the Bible). Christians have set before our eyes every day the beauty, power, and salvation offered by Jesus Christ.

The Apostle John, who wrote Revelation, recalls an event some 60 years before when John the Baptist testified to Jesus, naming him the Lamb of God. John the Baptist stands with two of his disciples as Jesus, in his early ministry, passes by. “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “‘ Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.'”  John 1:29  These two testimonies resound through the ages to the glory of Jesus Christ.

First they identify Jesus as the Lamb, the Son God, garnering the accolades of heaven. Than Jesus there is no human person who has been given such adoration and honor. He is incomparable! Every person who has ever lived will one day bow before him. God has subjected every part of creation to his rule. As the Prince of Peace he has reconciled all men to each other and to God. He created the world and sustains its existence.He will judge the world (mankind) in righteousness. Praise to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Christians must make a permanent commitment to this magnificent person. So Jude says, “Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.”  For all that the Lamb of God has done for us, we are called upon to respond by a lifetime of devotion to him. In John’s first epistle he gave the same encouragement. “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” I John 5:12.   If you seek the mercy of Christ, you must always keep your attachment to the Lamb of God intact.  “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:27-28

Behold the Lamb of God! Be awed by him. Adore him. Believe in him. Worship him. Obey him.

  1. Larry permalink

    I think this passage in Revelation is one of the most brilliant in all the Bible. Thanks for a heartening explication of its ramifications. You really do a good job writing.

  2. Wonderful scene from the annals of Revelation!

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