The Lamb of Calvary

26 03 2015

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Revelation 5:1-7

Arguably, Christ’s death on Calvary is the single greatest event in God’s plan of redemption and that followed by the Resurrection. Perhaps the third greatest event is the redemption of the body (Christ’s coming again at the rapture).
The next is probably the redemption of the world (Second coming at the end of the Tribulation). Topping off the top-five list could very well be Revelation 5.

This is one of most exciting chapters in the Book of Revelation, maybe even in the Bible. I had committed it to memory many years ago so I could savor every word. It’s a scene at which I will be a personal eye-witness, since the Trumpet sounds in 4:1 to take the church up. A Book is featured in the right hand of God that many have identified as “The Book of Destiny”. It is written within and on its backside, which means nothing else could be added. It is a large Book because it takes seven seals to keep it closed. When each seal is broken, a different and distinct series of judgments are introduced which are carried out in the chapters of the Book of Revelation.

But no man was worthy to take the Book (in fact, no one could even look at it). John wept over the powerlessness of his fellow humans, even though they had glorified bodies and possessed no sin. Then it was told that a Lion of the tribe of Judah prevailed to open the book. You see, Jesus (on the Right hand of God; Romans 8:34, and others) was born into the Tribe of Judah. He is a Lion/King, which means He has power and authority, the one to be feared. John turns to see a Lion, but he sees a Lamb. The lamb was a sacrificial animal and this one looked like it was slain, yet was still alive! He prevailed to take the Book and break the seals because He alone conquered sin, death, and all the forces of evil

The passage speaks of a Lamb as if it were slain. This tell us that His deadly wounds are still able to be seen in Heaven. John was present at Calvary as these wounds were given! The picture of Jesus being a Lamb is seen throughout the Bible.

  • Ex 12- He is the Passover Lamb, whose blood was sprinkled on the door to save the lives of the ones inside
  • Isa53- He was brought as a Lamb to the slaughter
  • John1:29- He is the Lamb of God who takes away sin of the world
  • John 1:36- He is announced as the Lamb of God
  • 1 Peter 1:18-19- His precious blood redeems us as a lamb without spot or blemish

Here He is a Lamb that was slain. In Genesis, Isaac asks the question, “where is the Lamb”. John the Baptist announces, “behold the Lamb”, and now in Heaven they sing, “worthy is the Lamb”. As we enter the time of Passover and its ultimate fulfillment on Calvary, let us worship the Lamb who was slain! He alone is worthy.

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