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The Glory of the Lamb – Revelation 5

In my previous post I looked at Revelation 4 and the wonderful picture of the glory of God contained therein. It is truly an amazing passage and speaks of the glory of and the worship of God.

In Revelation 5 the message of glory and worship continues, but in this chapter the focus is the Lamb. (The Lamb is Jesus Christ, and, besides showing how gloriously worthy He is, Revelation 4 also shows the error of those who deny that Jesus is God the Son.) I share the passage below so you can read and be filled with wonder yourself.

The Glory of God

Revelation 5 – (NKJV)

And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.

So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.

Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”

11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice:

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:

“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

14 Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.

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Prayer of Praise

Dear Father, You who made the heavens and the earth, You who made all things, praise unto You, O Great and Sovereign Lord, for You have loved us and You have sent Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ, to be born as a humble babe and to be slain as the Passover Lamb – it is through Him that we have been purchased for Your Glory and Your purpose.

Dear Lord, Jesus Christ, Promised Messiah. It is by Your obedience to the Father, Your sacrifice upon the Cross, that we have been made righteous in God’s sight. And You, O Jesus, did not remain in the grave, but as Your word said beforehand You took Your Life up again, and so in Your Resurrection we have Life and fellowship with the Lord God Almighty.

Dear Holy Ghost, You have been sent to us by the Father at the asking of the Son, and You now dwell in our hearts and make us alive to God. You are our Counsellor, You comfort us as we need, and You convict the world of sin. It is You, O Spirit of God, that leads us and guides us, in order that we may take no praise for ourselves but that all Glory is due to God.

Dear Father, Son and Holy Ghost, we praise You. Jesus, You are the Lamb that was slain and, lo! You now liveth for evermore. You reign with the Father in the Unity of the Holy Spirit – One God, now and forever.

Amen.

(This prayer was originally posted as part of the “Weekly Worship” on the G+ Reformed Fellowship Church, a Google Plus community.)

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