Read Revelation 5:1-14
“What comes into your mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you.” – A. W. Tozer
What comes into your mind when you think about Jesus?
When many of us think of Jesus, the images that primarily come to mind are likely a baby in a manger or a man on a cross. If we are honest, many of us rarely consider the image of Jesus as the conquering Lamb. Like the rest of Revelation, the image of the conquering Lamb is to lead us to greater faith to believe that the God that began the story of redemption will be the One who will bring it to completion.
As John continues to recount his heavenly vision, which begins in Revelation 4, he shifts from God the Father to God the Son. This shift begins with a heavenly dilemma. The scroll of judgment must be opened, yet from John’s perspective there is no one of worth to open the scroll. At the thought of the heavenly vision ending and the fear of a divine failure, John responds in weeping.
As John’s tears fall to the floor of the heavens, an elder reminds John of the promise of old. There is one who is “the Lion of the tribe of Judah” and from the line of King David who can open the scroll. From the beginning of time, God has promised a Messiah who would conquer.
As the echo of the elders voice fades into the distance, John looks up to behold a Lamb that looks like He had been slain. This is a surprising image because lambs are considered weak animals and being slain is typically a sign of weakness and defeat rather than strength and victory. This reminds us that God’s standards of greatness greatly differ than our own.
The Lamb was the one who was worthy to open the scroll. At the display of the worth of the Lamb, the heavens resound in worship and adoration. The Lamb is the conqueror, and He is worthy because:
- He was slain.
- He ransomed a people for God from every tribe, tongue, language, and people.
- He made His people priests on the earth.
- He and His people will reign on the earth.
The worship of Jesus consists of praise for the work of salvation that He brought through the gospel. The gospel is not merely a story of personal victory, but it is a cosmic climax of the power and worth of Jesus. When we think about Jesus, let us remember Him in His current role – not a baby in a manger or a man on a cross – but as the Lamb who is worthy!
Lord Jesus, You reign, and You are worthy. Help me to remember that You have one the victory. When I struggle and fail and long for restoration, help me to cling to the fact that You have overcome on the cross and will overcome eternally in heaven. Come quickly King Jesus. Amen.
Thought for the Day
We fight not for victory but from a position of victory because Jesus has one our victory as the Lamb who was slain.