Worthy is the Lamb-Revelation 5:1-10

Revelation 5:1-10 “Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” 6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”
Apocalisse 5:1-10 “Vidi nella destra di colui che sedeva sul trono un libro scritto di dentro e di fuori, sigillato con sette sigilli. 2 E vidi un angelo potente che gridava a gran voce: «Chi è degno di aprire il libro e di sciogliere i sigilli?» 3 Ma nessuno, né in cielo, né sulla terra, né sotto la terra, poteva aprire il libro, né guardarlo. 4 Io piangevo molto perché non si era trovato nessuno che fosse degno di aprire il libro e di guardarlo. 5 Ma uno degli anziani mi disse: «Non piangere; ecco, il leone della tribù di Giuda, la radice di Davide, ha vinto per aprire il libro e i suoi sette sigilli». 6 Poi vidi, in mezzo al trono e alle quattro
creature viventi e in mezzo agli anziani, un Agnello in piedi, come immolato, e aveva sette corna e sette occhi, che sono i {sette} spiriti di Dio, mandati per tutta la terra. 
7 Egli venne e prese il libro dalla destra di colui che sedeva sul trono.
8 Quando ebbe preso il libro, le quattro creature viventi e i ventiquattro
anziani si prostrarono davanti all’Agnello, ciascuno con una cetra e delle coppe d’oro piene di profumi, che sono le preghiere dei santi. 9 Essi cantavano un cantico nuovo, dicendo: «Tu sei degno di prendere il libro e di aprirne i sigilli, perché sei stato immolato e hai acquistato a Dio, con il tuo sangue, gente di ogni tribù, lingua, popolo e nazione, 10 e ne hai fatto per il nostro Dio un regno e dei sacerdoti; e regneranno sulla terra».

The resounding question in this revelation is “Who is worthy?” It is preceded by a “loud voice”. This is the first of 20 times where these two words occur in Revelation. This first one is noteworthy. If anyone ever had a question about the deity of Jesus Christ, the answer to this question is settled here. When the question is posed, the answer is not immediately given so John begins a continuous weeping until one of the elders gives the marvelous description of Jesus Christ: “the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David has triumphed” and is worthy to open the prophecy that will unfold.  Even though Jesus is introduced as a lion, John sees a lamb that seems to have been slain. The first coming of Jesus was as a lamb but the second coming of Jesus will certainly be the lion.
The parchment scroll here is pictured rolled-up with seven seals at the side so when it is unrolled, each seal would be broken one by one. As they sang a new song, notice the content of their hymn. It is a hymn of worship. The concept of worship means that the object is worthy of adoration. This song declares that only the Lamb is worthy. Notice also that there is proof of His worthiness. He was slain to purchase people from every tribe, language, people and nation. The word translated “purchased” originates from the idea of a redeeming purchase. Christ has extended His power to redeem people from every category of people. Finally, notice the missional aspect of this redemption. It is to establish a kingdom of priests to serve and reign with Christ. Christ not only redeems us but also bestows upon us the high honor of kings and priests  reign with Him. The only one worthy of such awesome power is Jesus Christ. 
Worthy is the Lamb!
Pray with me: Lord, it is difficult to comprehend this marvelous glimpse of Heaven. Help me to understand deeper what Jesus did for me and how important it is to worship Jesus Christ, the Lamb who has taken away the sin of the world.


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