Our glimpse into heaven continues with high drama.
I saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who was sitting on the throne.Revelation 5:1a
A scroll is a piece of papyrus up to 30 feet long, rolled and sealed with clay or wax. This particular scroll was very important—it was sealed with seven seals which would have been located throughout the scroll so that as each was opened more of the contents would be revealed.
And then John reports the following…
I saw a strong angel, who shouted with a loud voice: “Who is worthy to break the seals on this scroll and open it?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll and read it.Revelation 5:2-3
The heavenly vision and deep disappointment that “no one” was able to open the scroll prompted John’s profoundly emotional response:
I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll and read it.Revelation 5:4
But wait, then there is this reality check moment . . . the Savior steps onto the scene as one of the elders proclaim.
“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.”Revelation 5:5
Jesus, the Savior, is worthy! He lived a perfect life of obedience, suffered the punishment for all sin through His death on the cross, and rose again proclaiming His victory over sin, death, and the powers of evil.
He saved our souls for all eternity. He alone is worthy to open the scroll that holds the future.
I love this quote from the Life Application Bible Notes:
Jesus the Lion is victorious because of what Christ the Lamb has already done.
And John wrote:
I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earthRevelation 5:13
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.”
Jesus holds the future! He is worthy of all our worship now and forever.
A Prayer of Thanks to Jesus, the One Who is Worthy of All Praise
Lord, How can I begin to thank you for all You’ve done for me. You saw my sinfulness and came to suffer my punishment. You paid my debt. And You not only did that for me but for everyone. Although, I’ve been told that even if I had been the only one, You still would have given Yourself to save me. You have always gone after the lost ones (Luke 15) and You still do.
You lived a perfect life and suffered a death You didn’t deserve. You rose from death and won the victory!
You are worthy of all my thanks and praise. You alone are worthy to open the scroll of the last days. You hold the future of the world and of individuals. You are the Victorious Lion of Judah. I can give You my complete trust. I give You my love. I give You my praise. “Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to You, the Lamb of God.” My Savior, forever and ever in whose name I pray. Amen.
What does it mean to say that Jesus is worthy?
It means that He is King of kings and Lord of lords. He is deserving of our adoration, praise, complete trust, obedience, and love. He saved each of us from eternal punishment. We were bought at a high price . . . Jesus is worthy of our all, we cannot give too much!
So, let’s pause to just focus on the One who alone is worthy…
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.”Revelation 5:12
On today’s note write:
I give myself to Jesus . . . the one, the only One who is worthy!
May you be blessed today with the peace and presence of the One who is worthy!
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