Worthy is the Lamb | Short Sermon Series
“In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!” Revelation 5:12
The Apostle John had a vision where God held a scroll with seven seals but nobody was found worthy to open the seals. And so John wept bitterly, for he knew that the scroll had to be opened if God's plans and purposes for the redemption of man was to be realised.
But one of the elders present in the vision pointed John to the only One who was worthy - “the Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Rev 5:5), who was able to open the scroll. John looked, and he saw a Lamb who came and took the scroll out from God. Immediately, the angels, all living creatures, and the elders worshiped the Lamb, praising and proclaiming that He was worthy.
While this passage might prove to be rather abstract, here are two key lessons we can take away.
First, we notice that Christ is portrayed as a Lamb. Why is the image of a lamb chosen to represent Christ? Didn’t the elder say that Jesus was the Lion of Judah? The choice to portray Christ as a lamb is a significant one, for it reflects the nature of the kingdom of heaven. Instead of ferocious power and might, the Lamb represents humility, gentleness, and sacrificial love. In a world where displays of power are prized, Jesus as the Lamb reminds us that the true Christian is marked by their gentleness and love.
Next, observe the response of the hundreds of thousands of witnesses when the Lamb of God was found worthy to take the scroll - they all immediately fell to their knees and praised Him. Undone by the glory of Jesus, there was only one proper and obvious response – to worship the One who had redeemed all of Creation and reconciled man back to the Father. If the witnesses responded with such awe and reverence, how much more should we with a personal relationship with Jesus be in amazement of Him!
May we remember these two lessons as we go about our days today: To take on the gentleness and sacrificial love of the Lamb in our interactions with others, and to approach Christ with deep reverence and awe. Wishing you all a blessed day ahead!