Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Revelation 5:1-10

What a wonderful book Revelation is. It is filled with wonderful symbolism and beyond this world images. This particular reading is no different.

As one could write much about many of the verses in Revelation, I am only going to discuss a few of them from today's reading. Let's begin with verse 4. John is weeping because he cannot see inside the scroll God is holding. In verse 5 an elder tells John to stop weeping. We do not need to weep because we cannot foresee future events. It would be great if we could foresee future events about ourselves or the world, but this information would not help us with our present duties God has given each of us to perform. The only future event we need to know has been revealed to us - Jesus Christ will prevail over evil and His followers will enjoy an eternal peace. This future event should be sufficient comfort to allow each of us to focus on the present and be the best Christian we can be.

Now let's discuss verses 5 & 6. Jesus Christ is pictured as both a lion and a lamb. The lion symbolizes authority and power while the lamb symbolizes submission to God's will. Christ the lamb was the perfect sacrifice for our sins and defeated all forces of evil by dying on the cross. Christ the lion will lead the battle in which Satan is finally defeated. Christ the lion will be victorious because of what Christ the lamb has already done.

Finally let's take verses 9 & 10. These verses describe a song that is sung to and about Jesus. The song praises Jesus Christ for the work he has done and is going to do, however, it is all in the past tense He was slain, purchased us with His blood, gathered us into His kingdom, made us priests, and appointed us to reign on earth. It is written as if it already happened because it is a guaranteed certainty. Jesus has already died and paid the penalty for our sin. He is now gathering us into His kingdom and making us His priests. In the future we will reign with Him. Knowing this we should worship God and thank Him for what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do for all who trust in Him. With this glorious future we all can find the strength to follow His commandments, live in His will, and face our present difficulties.

Wishing you much success in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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