Scripture Reading: Revelation 5: 1-14
John’s vision in our today scriptural reference is symbolic in character. Verse 4 says, “I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.” .An Angel appearing as a town-crier, and said, “There is one who has indeed conquered and therefore is worthy to break the seals and unlock the meaning.” The Lion of the Tribe of Judah is worthy. And as John gazed upon the Lion, he saw not a strong and mighty beast, but a small lamb; that had been slaughtered as a sacrifice. 1 Peter 1:19 calls Him “A Lamb without blemish or defect”, 1 Corinthians 5:7 calls Him “Passover Lamb who has been sacrificed”, John the Baptist calls Him ” the Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:36).
Worthy is the Lamb to receive the six-fold attribution of worthiness. The Lamb is worthy to receive Power. Only Him who is all merciful is worthy to receive absolute power. The power of the Lamb’s love which led Him to be slaughtered is the guarantee that in His Hands power will never be abused, nor lead to tyranny. Having conquered death, the Lamb is worthy to receive all the power on earth and in heaven. Seated on the Throne of Power, the Lamb assures us, “Behold, I give unto you power… over all the power of the enemies” (Luke 10:19).
The Lamb is worthy to receive wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to discern what is right, true and lasting (eternal). King Solomon is renowned for his wisdom. When the Queen of Sheba had seen all of Solomon’s wisdom, she said to the King, in 1 Kings 10:7 “But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard.” Jesus the Lamb of God says of Himself in Matthew 12:42 “…now one greater than Solomon is here.” Jesus is the wisdom of God, the source and fount of all true wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:24). At His birth, wise men brought Him gifts. On the Throne the Angels sing, “Wisdom belongs to Him”.
The Lamb is worthy to receive strength. There is a difference between physical and spiritual (moral) strength. In Luke 11:22, He is the strong man who overcame the devil and spoiled his goods. The strength of the Lamb is not just manifested in the power to achieve, but also in the power to endure difficult moments. Although a man of great strength of Lion, however, died like a Lamb, but now seated on the Throne; robed with strength and majesty.
The Lamb is worthy to receive Honour. Honour is bestowed in recognition of an excellent service or achievements. The Lamb deserves the highest honour because His achievement has no parallel. Indeed only the Lamb was slain for the redemption of the world. Worthy is the Lamb to receive the honour of all creation.
The Lamb is worthy to receive glory. Glory conjures the idea of splendor, radiance and renown. At the birth of the Lamb the Angels proclaimed: glory to God in the highest. At the end of time Rev. 21:23 tells us that the glory of the Lamb will be the light of the city. Let us join the Choirs of heaven to sing worthy is the Lamb to receive glory.
The Lamb is worthy to receive blessing. Blessing is ascribed praise. God desires us to return thankful praise for favours received. Although we cannot enrich the Lamb, but we do gain more favour when we bless His name. Let us join the Psalmist to bless the Lord in Psalm 103:1, “Bless the Lord O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.”
- Take this prayer: O Jesus, you are the Lamb that is seated upon the Throne, You are the Lion of the tribe of Judah, you break the power of evil and make all things new, standing by the authority of your name, I break every seal of the enemies in my life. Amen. Let my life today be a song of praise to You, in everything I say and do. May my songs of praise touch the lives of those around me. I will sing your praise forever. Amen.
- By the power of Jesus the Lamb that was slain, let every evil seal of sickness, poverty, barrenness, late marriage, financial failure in my life and family be destroyed in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Exercise: Form the habit of always singing praises to the Lord.