Summary: The Throne and The Lamb, part 7 Revelation 5:1-14
The Throne and The Lamb, part 7
The Lion Who is the Lamb is Worthy
November 23, 2014
We are in the middle of a series on Revelation chapters four and five, “The Throne & The Lamb.” We finished chapter four and started chapter five last week. If you remember I have said that chapter four sets the stage for the drama that is played out in chapter five. Or we could say that chapter four is the canvas that is prepared for the masterpiece that is painted in chapter five. Last week we opened chapter five seeing a universal challenge sent out to all creation with a frightening response, universal inadequacy. No one is found worthy to open the scroll and break the seals. John wants us to feel this great tension, God's redemptive purposes are at stake! This week we see that there is one who is worthy, the Lion who is the Lamb.
Big Idea - The Lion is worthy and able to open the scrolls because he conquered by sacrificing his life.
The Lion Who is a Conquering King (vs. 5)
John is told to stop weeping because one has been found worthy to open the scroll and break the seals so Gods purposes are not thwarted! 'One of the elders said to me, Weep no more; behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.' John is introduced to the real Lion King who is qualified, who is worthy and thus able to bring history to its intended end. Remember the scroll gives us the content of the events in chapter six through twenty two which describes the final salvation of God's people and eternal judgment toward his enemies. The world is made up of two groups of people: those who find mercy by seeking refuge in Christ and those who will face eternal judgment by rejecting Christ. These two images, the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Root of David come from the Old Testament. Let's look at the first image, from Genesis chapter forty nine, where Jacob blesses his twelve sons. When he comes to Judah, he calls him a lion depicting a future royal dynasty to whom all the nations will render obedience which is set in motion when God selects David to replace Saul as King. Things are going well for the nation for hundreds of years until they are defeated and taken into exile and become subservient to the Babylonian king. The dynasty is then described as chopped off like a tree leaving only a stump and root. But then Isaiah prophecies a fresh shoot growing out of what was thought to be dead stump. He describes this coming king as bringing salvation to God's people and judgment upon his enemies. John understands Isaiah's prophecy lion as the greater Davidic king, fulfilled in King Jesus, who has conquered. He has won a violent struggle and overcome victoriously. This king is a victorious warrior who has conquered sin, death, and Satan. And it is because this Lion has conquered that he can open the scroll, both revealing what God's plans are and executing them. John looks expecting to see a Lion but instead sees a Lamb, as though he had been slaughtered. “And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain.”