We were made for worship. Every single human being who has ever or will ever exist is made to worship the one true Lord of the universe. Thus, Revelation 5 is a picture of what every child of God can anticipate for their future — being gathered around the throne to give honor and praise and glory to Him who sits on the throne and unto the Lamb!
Here in Revelation 5, we see the Son who willingly humbled Himself in obedience to the Father returning to the greater place of exaltation in the heavenlies. When Christ takes the scroll from the Father’s hand, the four living creatures and the 24 elders are overcome with awe as they behold the glory of the Godhead displayed in the outworking of redemptive history. So they all fall down before the Lamb of God to worship. Their response models what our response should be to Christ.
Do you long for and end to all the wickedness and corruption of this creation? Do you wrestle with your own flesh and cry out for the day when you will stand in glory, completely free from this body of death? Then Rejoice! For Jesus Christ is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of Jesse, and the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. In this first of three sermons from Revelation 5, we explore how Christ is the exclusive Savior of the world by virtue of his atoning work.
According to Revelation 12, Christmas is about a 7 headed dragon waiting at the foot of the manger to devour the Christ child. Christmas is about intense spiritual warfare as the devil and his angels wage war in heaven and are cast down to the world in bitter defeat. And Christmas is about the victory of the lamb of God born out in the lives of the saints who are even willing to face death to show the world the glory of His salvation. In this 3rd and final message of the mini-series, we look at how Satan attacks the church and how God’s purpose prevails.
In this second of three sermons from Revelation 12, we explore the victory of the ages as Christ’s ascension triggers a battle in the heavens that ends with Satan being fully ejected from heaven. Because of Christ’s victory, no accusation will ever be heard against his people in the halls of heaven ever again. But now that Satan has been cast down to earth for good, he is going to do everything he can to attack God’s people physically with suffering and loss and death.
There are realities surrounding the incarnation of Christ that transcend mere human history. When we come to the 12th chapter of the book of Revelation, we see the significance of Christ’s coming against the timeless backdrop of the cosmic warfare going on in the spiritual realm between the prince of darkness and the Light of the World. In the first six verses, we are introduced to the main characters in this “Sky-Drama,” and we are brought to realize our own place in this cosmic battle.
Christ’s kingdom is not of this world. It is spiritual in essence, ruled by a spiritual king, and defended using spiritual warfare.
In the second sermon from 1 Peter 4:7-11, we are taken to the larger perspective of what motivates the church to bear the gospel to the lost world. One of the greatest dangers we face as Christians is not persecution or the rise and fall of nations; it is falling in love with the world and failing to live out the gospel. Thus, we are to live in light of the pending consummation, minister in such a way that manifests the power of Christ, and we are to view all things as pursuant to God’s glory.
As Peter moves toward the conclusion of his second letter, he continues to answer the questions being raised by false teachers, particularly questions concerning the timing of Christ’s return. In these thee verses, he bids us to understand God’s perspective of time, to recognize God’s sovereign purpose in bringing about the repentance of His people, and to anticipate the severity of God’s wrath when Christ comes again.
The doctrine of Christ’s return and God’s final judgment is one of the biblical doctrines that men love to deny. Since we know people like to accumulate teachers for themselves that preach in accordance with their own wicked desires, the market for false teachers who deny this doctrine is large and prosperous. It is true in our day, and it was true in Peter’s day. In 2 Peter 3:1-7, we see Peter return to a softer tone, but a no less poignant message as he turns his attention to this critical doctrine.