Friday, November 5, 2010

Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever

Rev. 5:1-14 NLT 
    1 Then I saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who was sitting on the throne. There was writing on the inside and the outside of the scroll, and it was sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel, who shouted with a loud voice: “Who is worthy to break the seals on this scroll and open it?” 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll and read it. 
   4  Then I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll and read it. 5 But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.” 
   6 Then I saw a Lamb that looked as if it had been slaughtered, but it was now standing between the throne and the four living beings and among the twenty-four elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which represent the sevenfold Spirit of God that is sent out into every part of the earth. 7 He stepped forward and took the scroll from the right hand of the one sitting on the throne. 8 And when he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. 9 And they sang a new song with these words:
     “You are worthy to take the scroll  and break its seals and open it.
     For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10 And you have caused them to become  a Kingdom of priests for our God. And they will reign on the earth.” 
   11 Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. 12 And they sang in a mighty chorus:
     “Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—  to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength
         and honor and glory and blessing.” 13 And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea.
  They sang: “Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.” 
   14  And the four living beings said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb.

We were talking about truly moving worship services that left a lasting impression upon us.  Can you hear the choir of Millions of angles, the living beings, the 24 elders, and countless millions of redeemed saints of God singing this call and response refrain that sounds a lot like G.F. Handel's Messiah?   Can you see the lights flashing from the Throne of God as God, Himself praises God the Messiah, the Sacrificial Lamb who had overcome.  We could spend a lot of energy trying to place this event into some sort of a timeline of events and debate when it did take place or is to take place, but why do that? Why not just join the Chorus?  Why not sing the Hallelujahs to our Redeemer who has overcome sin; who has overcome the enemy's power over humanity; who has called us to Himself to become like Him?  The greater joy can be found there.

The scroll contained the scenario for the redemption of humanity from sin. No one was worthy because 'all have sinned' as Paul wrote to the Roman Christians.  The one perfect one was God the Messiah who relinquished his rights as God, humbled Himself and suffered for our redemption. The millions of Angels in Heaven did not miss the significance of this victory.  Nor do the present millions of redeemed saints miss it.

Notice the Lamb's description. He has the Power of God (seven horns) and the Holy Spirit of God (Sevenfold Spirit). His appearance was as a lamb already slaughtered, except He stood in the center of the circle at the Throne of God. Notice the praise song tells His story-- the most important story in the universe. The song was the Gospel. Why not sing it with me just now in whatever tune the Spirit places in your mind?

Your servant in Christ's Love

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