(14 verses, 2:15 to read)
What I am about to READ
- John is weeping because there is none worthy to open the scroll, until the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Lamb who was slain, comes into that place. He is worthy to open the scroll, and he is praised in heaven for it.
MARK & LEARN
- There are a number of wonderful things happening in this part of John’s vision of Jesus.
- First, there is the weeping of John about this closed scroll. This scroll is the important, it is bound up to the salvation of the world.
- Notice the distinction between hearing and seeing in verses 5 and 6. John hears about the “Lion of the tribe of Judah”, and then he looks and sees “the Lamb as though it had been slain.” It is hard to imagine two more different animals than a lion and a lamb, but both of these pictures are pictures of Jesus, the king and the sacrifice.
- It is incredible to imagine this heavenly courtroom, where Jesus, the One slain for us, holds forth. There is the glory, the honor, and that salvation, seated firmly on the throne of the universe. There is nothing more comforting than this promise, that the One who died for us now sits on the throne for us.
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Pr Bryan Wolfmueller