Worship the King, All Glorious Above!
This week, we meet our King — the only one who is worthy to open the scroll, to act on God’s behalf!
Jesus is celebrated as the “Lamb of God.” This looks back to the Passover and to the suffering servant in Isaiah 53, especially verse 7 (and see John 1:29 and I Corinthians 5:7).
Our Messiah (King) lived for us, died for us, and rose from the dead for us. Only he is worthy to open the scroll unleashing God’s judgment and mercy!
We can be instructed by the worship we see in Revelation 5.
The four living creatures and the twenty-four elders worship the Lamb because the Lamb has made people of all nations “a kingdom and priests to serve our God.” The four living creatures and the twenty-four elders worship the Lamb because the Lamb makes people of all nations “reign on the earth” (verse 10). This is our future in the new heaven and new earth (Revelation 22:3-5). Finally, “every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea” joins in worship: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” (Rev 5:13, italics added).
This last addition is the one that challenges my imagination the most. If God intends that we are all transformed by worship, why do we resist his love? Those who oppose God will be judged and destroyed. There is no fence to sit on. There is no safe middle ground. Yield to God’s love and follow Jesus. Amen!