Today’s reading underscores to me the individual power and beauty which is Christ crucified. The first five chapters of Revelation set the stage for the opening of the book (or scroll in some Bible versions) which has seven seals. There is a great deal of anticipation leading to discovery of the book to begin with. Then, when it is learned that no one can open the book, there is widespread disappointment.
Only Jesus can open the book, the slaughtered Lamb. This, to me, shows once again that Jesus is the only way, the only truth and the only life. If you follow anyone or anything else, you will never see what is in the book, that is, you will never gain access to eternal life.
In the same way, Jesus in only to be worshipped and glorified. I cannot even imagine what it would look like to see “every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing…” I know what it is like when the whole congregation really gets into a song. It is pretty breathtaking to be part of such homage.
In this season of Christmas, we must remain mindful of the significance of the birth of Christ. That he only was born for the purpose of dying for our sins. His lowly birth was part and parcel of what Jesus was, what he stood for and the tremendous glory that followed such a humble man.
We cannot open the book. We don’t have to open the book, though, to follow the Lamb into eternity. We can follow the example of the only one who can break the seals, and live humbly during this time when excess is the story of the day.
I wish for you a humble Christmas, feeling the joy of Christ’s simple and beautiful peace.