THERE STANDS THE LAMB
Revelation 5:1-7 (NKJV)
The Lamb Takes the Scroll
5 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.
2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?”
3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.
4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.
5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”
6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
7 Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
Recap chapters 1 – 4 that we have studied together. Here in Chapter 5 is one of the most important chapters in the entire book! We must remember that we are dealing exclusively with prophecy now.
Everything we will talk about is future. We also must remember that God is exact in what He promises. Ill. Josiah, 1 Kings 13 – 300 years; Cyrus, Isa. 44:28 – 100 years.
In chapter 4, we have the praise of the Lord for creation, in chapter 5, we have the praise of the Lord for redemption. Christ is the central figure of the chapter, the Book is also featured. Let”s notice the details of these verses.
I. v.1 A FANTASTIC SCROLL
Where is the Book? On God’s hand. The book is a SCROLL.
God is extending the Book. What is the Book about?
1. Related to man, v.3.
2. Concerned with what will happen to the earth, chp. 6.
3. Has to do with Redemption, chp. 5.
In the O.T., three things could be redeemed:
1. A Servant – Jesus broke the bondage and slavery of sin.
2. A Wife – Jesus redeemed His Bride out of the World and from the world.
3. Land – Jesus will redeem the world!
(Ill. Jeremiah 32:8-14 – Explained redemption)
a. On the inside, why the land was lost.
b. On the outside, the terms of Redemption.
A. God is holding the title deed to the planet earth and to ALL of creation. Christ is The Redeemer! (Eph. 1:13-14; Rom. 8:21 – Ill. Sin’s curse)
B. Adam sold his (our) inheritance to Satan – (Ill. The results of a fallen world – Sin Infested – Doomed for Hell and Destruction)
1. The story is inside the scroll.
2. The redemption price is on the outside (A Sinless Man – Jesus).
C. Ill. Why hasn’t God moved before now? It would have been illegal.
II. v.2-4 A FRANTIC SEARCH
Question posed : Who is worthy? ( Note : Not who is willing – Napoleon, Hitler, Alexander, famous people …. etc.)
A. No Man In Heaven – No person, no angel was able.
B. No Man Upon Earth – No politician, no religious leader.
C. No Man In Hell – No departed souls, conqueror or demon.
D. No one could take the Book or even look upon it!
E. There is silence in Heaven, until we hear John crying. (Wept much = cried and cried) First crying in Heaven!
F. These are the tears for all humanity – Caused by sin and rebellion.
G. Why cry? Because the church has been redeemed, but creation was still under the curse. If no one could take the Book and pay the price, then creation would have to remain in bondage and eternal destruction.
III. v.5-7 THE FABULOUS SAVIOR
(One of the elders said , “Weep not, behold!” )
(Ill. This is the message of the church, we have a Redeemer.)
(The elders say weep not, for the Lion of Judah (Jesus Christ) has prevailed!)
A. The Character Of The Savior
1. A Lion – Majesty, authority, power (Ill. The Jews were looking for a lion and got a lamb!)
2. A Lamb – John expected to see a lion and saw a lamb (Means a little lamb) (Ill. Passover Lamb – a pet Lamb.)
(God took His little lamb for you and me!)
It was A Slain Lamb – Still bore the marks. These will serve to remind us of the price paid for us. (Ill. Jesus was there the whole time! Jesus promised to be in our midst! Too often, we come to church and miss Jesus while looking around at everything else.)
3. Seven Horns – All Power – Omnipotence – Matt. 28:18
Seven Eyes – All knowing – Omniscience – Heb. 4:13
B. The Conquest Of The Savior
1. He Prevailed (The Lion of Judah prevailed – v.5 – He conquered in every instance – Temptation, Calvary, tomb, death etc )
2. He Alone is ABLE! He is WORTHY!
3. He took the Book and is ready to REDEEM all creation.
Is Jesus Christ your Lion (Judge), or is He your Lamb (Savior)?
Jesus Christ took the Book and is ready to REDEEM all creation. Hallelujah!
Are we ready for Him on that day?
Thank You Jesus for saving us with your shed Blood on Calvary!
Lord Jesus, you alone is WORTHY of our praises!
Praise Your Holy Name!