Revelation 5:8-14 (NKJV)
Worthy Is the Lamb
8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
9 And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals; For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,
12 saying with a loud voice:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”
13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:
“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
14 Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.
After the Lamb takes the book, all of Heaven bursts into a song of praise. (Ill. Music’s power in our everyday lives. Music has the power to move us – James 5:13; Eph. 5:18-20; Col. 3:16) All of the emotions known to man can be experienced and expressed through the medium of music. Let’s take a few moments to visit this Heavenly Concert at the throne of God. The admission is free, the atmosphere is glorious and the company is beyond compare. After all, we are going to be here some day soon!
I. v.8 THE BASICS OF HEAVEN’S MUSIC
Who? The 4 beasts and the 24 elders.
The Instruments –
A. Harps – (Symbolic of praise) Ill. Note – We will be able to play the instrument in Heaven!
(Ill. Little boy with broken arm asks doctor, “Will I be able to play the piano after I get my cast off?” Doctor says, “Certainly!” The boy says, “You must be some doctor.” Doctor asks, “Why?” The boy responds, “Well, I couldn’t play before!”)
(Ill. Old Testament prophets often prophesied accompanied by the music of harps – 2 Kings 3:15)
There is a 2-fold purpose for music in the church:
1. The preacher and the people are prepared for the ministry of the Word of God.
2. The heart is lifted from the mundane and the worldly in worship.
B. Bowls – (Symbolic of praise) (Ill. The symbolism of incense in the presence of God. It pictures the sweet smell of our prayers ascending up before the face of God!)
(Ill. Our praying is never in vain! It ascends up before the Lord and it honors Him!)
(Ill. We should sing now for His glory and we should be actively involved in a lifestyle of praise and prayer to God!)
II. v. 9-10 THE LYRICS OF HEAVEN’S MUSIC
(A New Song)
(Ill. In Rev Chap. 4 The song of praise was for creation. In chap. 5, the song is praise for redemption!)
A. The theme of their song is Jesus! (Ill. They take their time to praise the Lamb.) Jesus ought to be the centerpiece of all that we are and do. (Ill. Col. 1:18) Does He have the preeminence in your life?
B. Their song is a ballad – A song with a story!
1. About the Power of the Lamb – 9a
2. About the Passion of the Lamb – 9b (Ill. Slain – sphazo – to butcher, or slaughter) (Ill. The brutality of the death of Christ – Isa. 52:14)
3. About the Purpose of the Lamb – 9c (Ill. Blood – It is what redeems us, keeps us and presents us holy before the presence of God – Heb. 9:22)
(Ill. Hymnals – Some would like to remove the blood from their singing, others already have! In Heaven, however, the Blood of Jesus is the theme of the praise. There will not be a single one there who is not blood bought and blood washed. Give me that old-time, blood religion!)
C. Made us Kings and Priests – v. 10 In other words, we are members of the royal family. We also have the obligation of offering up sacrifices to His glory. (Ill. Praise – Heb. 13:15; Performance – Rom. 12:1-2)
III. v. 11-14 THE DYNAMICS OF HEAVEN’S MUSIC
A. v. 11 – (Ill. The great number of angels, living creatures, the redeemed of the ages, the elders there at the throne of God) (Ill. Imagine – The Throne of God had thousands upon thousands of musicians and rotating choir members – Just pause to imagine the sound of Heaven’s great choir of the redeemed. Truly an amazing and electrifying scene in Heaven!).
B. v. 12 – Their seven fold anthem of praise.
1. To receive power – Dynamic power
2. Riches – Plentitude – (All things – Col. 1:18)
3. Wisdom – Total intelligence
4. Strength – Force
5. Honor – Reverence
6. Glory – Doxology
7. Blessing – Eulogy
(Ill. Notice, He (JESUS CHRIST) alone is “Worthy.” None else deserves praise and worship. Jesus alone is worthy! Are you giving Him these worship and praise? He receives them in Heaven, He ought to receive them from His own people who inhabit the earth!)
C. v. 13 The entire universe, Heaven, earth, Hell, begin to praise Jesus the Lamb! (What a day that will be! However, what a tragedy it will be for fallen and “unsaved” man. All those not saved by the Blood of Jesus. They must still bow, but it will avail them nothing – Phil. 2:5-11!)
D. v. 14 The beasts are at a loss for words and simply say, “Amen – So let it be.” The 24 elders fall before Jesus Christ (Again!) and worship the eternal Lamb of God.
(Ill. Important note – All music and praise will leave you and placed at someone’s feet. Either it lands at the feet of Jesus Christ, or at the feet of Satan. Where does your music and praise go to?)
All for Jesus! Amen!