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John was given the opportunity to share a vision that was given to him about heaven and the things that were to come. As I was reading the book of Revelation, penned by John, I came across a particular part of the story that truly impacted me.
It’s found in the fifth chapter of Revelation. John was looking at the throne and the one that was on the throne, God, had a scroll in His hand. And the question was asked, Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?
Let me share from scripture what happens next:
"Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders.”
Revelation 5:7-14 (NIV)
“7 He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth." Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!" The four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and worshiped.”
Now according to scripture, Jesus Christ, is the Lamb. He and He alone is the one that is worthy. And when Jesus takes His rightful place something amazing happens. Worship breaks out!
First of all, the living creatures and the 24 elders fall down before the Lamb and they sing to Him a new song. I want you to notice that the song is directed toward Jesus and it’s all about Him.
Then while they are singing their song to the Lamb.... an infinite number of angels. In fact, the wording that John uses is the largest number you an imagine. But they join the living creatures and the 24 elders singing... “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise”.
But it doesn’t stop there.... every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea and all that is in them begin singing as well.
I really want you to go and read the 5th chapter of Revelation! Why? Because within this one chapter is the most beautiful picture of what worship is and what it should be!
It’s all about Christ and it’s all directed toward Christ!
Here’s my take away.... everything that happens in heaven is 24/7 worship of God the Father and Jesus. There is nothing more important! Jesus, the Lamb, gave his life so that we would experience abundant life. And for that alone, He is worthy of our praise.
I can’t wait to get to heaven and join the living creatures and the 24 elders and all those angels and all of creation singing praise to the Lamb who is worthy of my praise.
So, when you come to church this next Sunday.... let’s get our praise on together!
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