Summary: As John set about to write these two chapters I’m sure that he felt a deep sense of frustration. How could he put in words what he had seen in God’s throne room? He must have felt like he had been given the task of describing a rainbow to a blind man, or
Magnifying Christ’s Majesty
Purpose: To exalt Christ’s worthiness.
Aim: I want the listener to respond to Christ’s majesty with passionate worship.
INTRODUCTION: When Vance Havner once told a group of people that he was very optimistic about world events. Someone asked him how he could be with all the sin and suffering in the world. He answered, "Because I have read the last two chapters in the Bible and WE WON. There is no devil in the first two chapters of the Bible and no devil in the last two chapters of the Bible. And I’m proud to be a part of something that does away with the devil."
The glory of God that is described for us in chapters 4 and 5 is far beyond our imagination. As John set about to write these two chapters I’m sure that he felt a deep sense of frustration. How could he put in words what he had seen in God’s throne room? He must have felt like he had been given the task of describing a rainbow to a blind man, or a Beethoven sympathy to deaf person.
1:1-20 I. John’s Vision of the Past “the things which you have seen”
2:1-5:14 II. Christ’s Vision of the Present “the things which are”
2:1-3:22 A. The testimony of the church on earth
4:1-5:14 B. The throne of God in heaven
4:1-11 1. God’s unchallenged authority
Vs.1-3,5a a. The sovereign One “One sitting on the throne”
Vs.5b b. The Holy Spirit “seven lamps of fire”
Vs.6a c. The sea of glass “a sea of glass like crystal”
Vs.6b-8 d. Four special creatures “Holy, Holy, Holy”
Vs.4,9-11 e. Saved sinners “twenty-four elders”
➽ 5:1-14 2. Christ’s unequaled glory
The focus of chapter four is the authority of either God the Father or the Trinity as a whole. As we come to chapter five the focus shifts completely to the glory of Jesus Christ.
➽ Vs.1 a. The title deed to the earth “a book”
Literally John saw a scroll [ Picture] but we don’t know if there was one scroll that was sealed seven times or if there were seven scrolls rolled up in each other, each one sealed with a wax seal. In other words, when a seal was broken it opened up one document was unrolled which then revealed another document sealed with a wax seal, and so forth.
“A Roman law required that a will was to be sealed seven times. The will of Caesar Augustus and Emperor Vespasian were sealed in this way. Some see this scroll as the ‘last testament’ of the One who died for us, containing the terms of His wrath upon those who reject His love and sacrificial death.” [“The Coming World Leader” by David Hocking, P.114]
Since the Greek language has no punctuation, verse 1 could read, “a book written within, and on the backside sealed with seven seals.”
Many years earlier Daniel was told: Daniel 12:4 “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.” (NAU) Here in Revelation, that which was concealed to Daniel is revealed to us.
“The scroll of Rev 5 is a deed of redemption, and as such becomes effectively a will of inheritance. It is the legal document proving that a qualified Kinsman has paid the price to redeem the land once forfeited by His family. As each seal is broken, the deed of redemption reveals what must occur for the Kinsman-Redeemer to physically repossess the land, wresting it from enemy squatters, and returning it to those who were originally given dominion over it.” [From an online blog: http://revjc.blogspot.com/2005/02/scroll-of-seven-seals.html ]