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!
The Scroll and the Lamb
Revelation, Part 5, Revelation 5:1-14
- 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!”