Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Revelation 5:1-10

Sometimes when I read from the book of Revelation I am reminded of Halloween. I mean all the characters and animals described in Revelation remind me of costumes I see some of the kids wearing, and that I wore when I was a kid. Today’s reading is no different. However, today’s reading is not a children’s celebration – like Halloween – but is extremely serious and the basis in which we are all saved.

In today’s reading we are given a portrait that is only used this one time in the Bible, but has much symbolism. Today’s reading is the only passage in which the lion symbol for Jesus and the lamb symbol for Jesus are used together. In today’s reading Jesus is referred to as the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” and the “Lamb looking as if it had been slain”. Of course these two descriptions of Jesus are symbols of Jesus at different times. The lion symbolizes the way Jesus will return to earth and destroy Satin. The lamb symbolizes Jesus offering himself as a perfect sacrifice for all of our sins. The former will bring heaven to earth. The latter assures us of an eternal life with God.

Another part of today’s reading is the scroll with the seven seals. The reading says only Jesus can break the seals and reveal the writing on the scroll. Only Jesus is worthy to do this because He conquered sin, death, hell, and Satin by living a perfect life, dying on the cross, and rising from the dead. Only Jesus can break the seals and set in motion the forces that will bring about the final destruction of evil (if you want to see how this happens, read the rest of Revelation).

Today’s reading reminds us the wonderful act Jesus did for us and the future act he will do. Today’s reading reminds us to be grateful and say THANKS!

Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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