Summary: This is a sunrise message with a theme of why do we get up early on Easter for a sunrise service.
Why Am I Here, It’s Cold Out Here
Intro: As I mediated on what God would have me say to you this morning, I would come back time and time again to the same theme. What would bring people out this early in the morning to what we call a sunrise service? What would cause people to come and sit in this cold weather on these cold metal chairs? Who or what is worthy enough for this kind of devotion? Our scripture this morning tells us who is worthy of all of this and more. It tells us who is worthy and it also tells us why He is worthy.
. The Revelation given to John tells us why we are here this morning.
. 1Then I saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who was sitting on the throne. There was writing on the inside and the outside of the scroll, and it was sealed with seven seals.
2And I saw a strong angel, who shouted with a loud voice: “Who is worthy to break the seals on this scroll and open it?”
3But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll and read it.
4Then I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll and read it.
5But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, “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.”
6Then I saw a Lamb that looked as if it had been slaughtered, but it was now standing between the throne and the four living beings and among the twenty-four elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which represent the sevenfold Spirit of God that is sent out into every part of the earth.
7He stepped forward and took the scroll from the right hand of the one sitting on the throne.
8And when he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.
9And they sang a new song with these words:
“You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10And you have caused them to become a Kingdom of priests for our God. And they will reign on the earth.”
11Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders.
12And they sang in a mighty chorus:“Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.”
13And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth 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.”
14And the four living beings said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb.
. John describes a scene in Heaven of a search for someone who was worthy to begin the process of the final judgment.
.He looked around and saw no one worthy of this honor.
. Then one of the Elders told him to look, The Lion of The Tribe of Judah was worthy. The one who had been sacrificed for the sin of all mankind. Jesus Christ was worthy.
. He was the only one in all of heaven, earth and under the earth who was worthy to start this process.
. He was the only one worthy of the praise and honor that they gave Him afterword.
. They wrote songs about Him and sang them just like we did this morning.
. They praised what He had done for mankind and they worshiped Him.
. Just like we are doing here this morning.
. He was the only one that they would do this for.
. Jesus is the only one that we will do this for.
. We are here this morning to praise and honor and remember what Jesus Christ did for us.
. Let me remind you again of why we are here this morning.
. On Friday of what we call passion week, Jesus was crucified on a cross.
. He died on that cross for the sins of all mankind.
. God had always required the shedding of blood for the forgiveness of sin.
. Jesus voluntarily placed Himself on that cross so that He could die for you and for me.