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.
As the final book of the Bible, the book of Revelation was written to the churches to assure struggling and persecuted Christians of Christ’s faithful love, His sovereign reign, and His ultimate judgment of all wickedness. In the first chapter, as John is given His first vision, he sees the exalted Christ and hears his Lord’s concern for His churches. It is this Christ that we should set our gaze upon in every generation. Only as we walk by faith — loving Him, reverencing Him, and depending upon Him — will we know true comfort and joy in the midst of this dark world.