Here in chapter five of the book of Revelation, we see the Father reach out with a seven-sealed scroll. The scroll is the title deed to the earth. The earth came under captivity in the Fall but the scroll shows who really owns it. This is the official document that grants how He will regain possessions. Here in the hand of almighty, sovereign God is the plan to judge the universe and bring it all into the control of the One who is the rightful heir, Jesus Christ. This is the climax of human history! After an exhaustive search of the physical and spiritual universe from heaven to hell and all points in between, John’s attention is directed to the Lamb of God.
This passage has everything to do with the Triumphal Entry and the Resurrection of Christ. You see the Jews expected a lion as Jesus rode into Jerusalem. That’s why it’s so hard for the Jews to understand Christ. They expected the lion to come with force, overthrow the Roman oppressors, and set Himself up to reign as King. What they didn’t realize is that first He had to come as the sacrificial lamb and that His lion-like judgment was going to come at a future time. By the end of the week, they orchestrated a series of mock trials and turned Christ over to the Romans authorities saying, “He isn’t who He said He is, He’s no king, this is no shoot from the royal line of David, CRUCIFY HIM!”
Here in Revelation five, we see Christ step forward from His intercessory position at the right hand of God the Father and begin to finish what He started. Now He will roar with a ferocious, devastating series of judgments against the nations of the world. Now He will establish His everlasting kingdom in which believers will rule and reign with Him.
All of this leads the Cherubim, the 24 Elders, every created thing, and millions upon millions in heaven to worship the only One who is Worthy, Jesus Christ. Friends, we will spend all of eternity worshipping the One who freed us from the penalty of our sins. We need to start practicing our worship down here because He alone is worthy!
Hosannah to the Son of David, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord (Matt. 21:9).