“Worthy are you to take the scroll and open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” Revelation 5:9-10, 12
The scene changes as we move to chapter 5. A scroll becomes visible. It is a scroll with seven seals. The opening of this scroll will bring about the final judgments. But also, the opening of this scroll will consummate redemption. The not yet aspect of our salvation will not be realized apart from the opening of this scroll. The promised eternal peace, the promised justice of God will not come to pass apart from the opening of the scroll. In some ways, we can see this scroll as a title deed or a will. It can only be opened by the heir. A loud cry goes out from an angel, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” No one is found able—not in heaven, on earth, or under the earth! John wails and weeps (5:4). John knows that his inheritance is contained within the scroll as well, the redemption plan cannot be completed. But one of the elders tells John that the Lion of Judah (Genesis 49:8-10), the Root of David (Matthew 22:41-46 reveals that in his humanity he was from David, but that in his deity he is the root of David). This is the designation of the conquering Messiah. John turned to see this One who is worthy to open the scroll. Through tears he saw not the lion he expected, rather he saw the Lamb (John 1:29). And the lamb looked as if it had been slain. There were scars. This Lamb is standing even closer to the throne than the elders. He reaches out and takes the scroll from his Father. He is worthy because not only can he open the seals of the scroll, he has the ability to make them come true!!! The Messiah is the Redeemer. He is worthy. Because he is worthy the living beings sing to the Lamb. Chapter 4 directs praise to the Father, chapter 5 to the Lamb. Look carefully at what the Lamb is bring praised for in the verses above. He ransomed people from every nation, language, tribe, and tongue for God. He made them to be a kingdom and priests to God. They shall reign on earth. The Lamb is worthy to receive our praise. As you go through this day, consider all the ways that Jesus is worthy of praise—consider all the ways he is worthy of your praise.