Back in 15:23, as Samuel was rebuking Saul for his disobedience to God’s command, he said to Saul “Rebellion is as the sin of divination.” Divination is exactly what Saul resorts to at the end of his life. With the threat of the Philistines bearing down upon him and God not answering his pleas, he makes the sinful decision to visit a medium to call up Samuel from the grave. In this exchange, we see the peril of faithless religion, God’s sovereign hand in desperation, and the dangers of the occult.
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!
Christ is the Great Healer that was wounded, and who by his very wounding earned our healing.
In the Lord Jesus Christ, believers have everything that they need. Everything they need for eternal life and godliness have been granted to them by the power of God in Christ, and it comes to them through the true knowledge of Christ. The glorious reality that God has given us Himself in the Lord Jesus is a solid rock for believers to build their lives upon, no matter their circumstance.
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.
From Jesus’s wounded side flowed both blood and water. John indicates to us that Jesus is our great Passover lamb whose bones were not broken, that he is the rock of our salvation that was struck for our provision, and he is the promised God himself who would open a fountain of salvation for his people.
Abigail’s humble confrontation and affirmation of David is the longest recorded speech by a woman in the Old Testament. Through her words, we are presented with the strength, wisdom, and faith of biblical womanhood. In this text, we find 12 ways that Abigail demonstrated a heart of godliness, thereby disarming an angry young king and a force of 400 men with the power of her meekness. We also see how David’s response of thankfulness models a biblical response to strong womanhood.
Justification is God’s act of declaring a sinner to be righteous on the basis of the work of Jesus Christ reckoned to us. This sermon interacts with the Roman Catholic church’s position on justification, and provides us with several practical reasons why justification by faith alone is crucially related to our Christian walk.
Isaiah prophesies here in chapter 61 of how the Anointed Messiah of God will fulfill the Jubilee Year of the Lord as He inaugurates the kingdom of God. The Messiah comes to bring dead souls to life, wrapping them in salvation, and giving them robes of righteousness.