Power for Today
Worthy Is the LambRevelation 5 (NIV)
Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise (Revelation 5:12, NIV)
ROBERT Farrar Capon said that when we try to describe God, we are like oysters trying to describe a ballerina. In Revelation, John is allowed to gaze into the very throne room of the Almighty, and what he sees is almost beyond what mere words can describe.
John sees the Lord God holding a scroll, a scroll containing God's revelation of the future. But the scroll is sealed tightly, and alas , no one is worthy to open the seals to make that information known to humankind. Will revelation stop here? "No! " an elder from around God's throne declares. "The Lion of the tribe of Judah! He is worthy! He is able to open the scroll!"
But here's a surprise. The One who stands front and center to open the scroll is not a kingly lion, but a humble lamb! And this lamb appears to have been slain, sacrificed for sins, and yet He lives!
What John attempt s to picture for us is the wonderful paradox that is our gospel and our Lord: the victorious Victim, the humble Conqueror, the once-slain-but-now-alive-forever Savior. And so we cry out with the hosts of heaven, "Worthy is the Lamb!"
Father, we thank You that we may boldly approach Your throne of grace through the One whose worthiness was demonstrated in His sacrificial love. Through Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
- KEN DURHAM, Malibu, California