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Summary: God is NOT the author of confusion; therefore the book of Revelation isn't confusing for a Christian to follow! Continuing in Revelation we see Jesus take the scroll from God's hand and ALL of Heaven marvels at Christ's awesome authority!

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The Scroll and the Lamb

Revelation, Part 5, Revelation 5:1-14

Introduction

- Over-arching theme: 2 Tim 4:2 says “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.”

-- We ought to be able to give an answer …

-- We must be able to give hope to the future and why we believe …

- Last week we saw the very throne of God and the visions John encountered

- Today we shall be looking further into Heaven and seeing what waits

-- IMP: To those who believe in Christ, this is what waits you

- CHALLENGE: While we are examining this glimpse today, I want you to keep one question in mind: “How will you feel when you are standing in the throne room of the true and living God?”

Read Revelation 5:1-11

Ω Point 1 – The Scroll (1-5)

- Verse 1 shows us John’s current vision. John is seeing God on the throne!

-- It is important to see that God and Christ are joined in this vision

-- To consider them separate is only half the story; Christ is Lord and Son

- This scroll carries with it the Deed to the Earth!

-- It is sealed and shows complete and total proof of ownership

-- The Earth belongs to God, and he maintains the deed – always has

- Background: On ancient scrolls, the writing was in narrow columns about three inches long, and as you read you rolled it up. When a roll was finished, it was fastened with strings and the strings were sealed with wax at the knots. These are not seven writings, each separated by a seal; but seven seals all set upon one scroll (all the seals must be opened before any of the contents can be revealed).

- Jesus has been given all authority, all power, all right to judge

-- Matthew 28:18, “Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

-- This is the beginning of great commission … which John heard!

- APP: The authority has never been ours

-- When we start thinking we are in charge we lose focus of Christ

-- Jesus is eternal, we are eternally His!

-- James 4:14, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

- (v2) The challenge here for us is to see that not ONE is worthy

- IMP: Even in splendor (perfection) of Heaven, not ONE is worthy!

-- Definite wakeup call that even in Glory we are not the be all/end all

- Verse 4 is a confirmation that we are not the answer to everything

-- When in the presence of God, WE do not dictate what is and isn’t

- Verse 5 shows us who is! We must pay attention … Christ is in charge

-- The answer comes from an elder (one of the 24 around the throne)

- AMP: Turn to Isaiah 11, read v1-10

-- IMP: His revealing the completed circle of prophecy is … AWESOME!

Ω Point 2 – Who is Worthy? (6-11)

- Identification that Jesus is the Lamb of God

-- John already identified Him as such in real world

-- John 1:29, “The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”


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