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The Lamb Upon the Throne

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The Lamb upon the Throne

John - on the island of Patmos: new vision of Jesus.
Not the end of the story. Move from resurrection to the glorious hope. That we will see Him as He is and we shall be like Him. Resurrection to revelation of the glorious hope in Christ Jesus. The ruling, reigning Savior.
New vision of Jesus.
Encourage those who were suffering for their faith. they needed to know of the power of the resurrection. They needed a fresh vision of Jesus in all of His splendor and saving sufficiency.
Lordship of Christ
Revelation 4:11 ESV
11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
The anguish of the world symbolised: vv 1-4
The description
hopelessly and helplessly fast bound by sin.
It is in God’s right hand.
It is written on both sides. Nothing else can and need to be added to it.
Sealed with 7 seals. Record is secures
No one could open the scroll or look inside it.
The interpretation
Opening of the seals and revealing the contents - this scroll contains the story of this world. It’s dealings and destiny. It’s a book of history. His story. God’s plan and explanation of that. Story of God’s purpose, dealings and doings. Here is a record of all that has happened from creation to consummation. Details of history before it has happened in time.
Luke 4:16–20 ESV
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.
Luke 4:16 ESV
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.
Luke 4:16-20
Isaiah 46:9–10 ESV
9 remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
Isaiah 46:9-
The proclamation -by a mighty angel with a loud voice
someone who can solve the riddles of life. the whys and wherefores of history.
This voice goes out into all the world - who can give us the meaning of history.
no one is found for no one was worthy.
points to the person’s morality and majesty. The person required to open the scroll and explain it must have the authority as the author.
There is no answer - a stunning sound of silence.
Incompetence and impotence.
interpretation of the past, prediction of the future
2. The answer for the world shown: vv 5-7
2. The answer for the world shown: vv 5-7
The picture - a lamb standing as though it had been slain - here is the one of God’s choosing. God’s answer to the world’s needs. A lamb - standing in the centre of the throne.
The point
standing - points ot resurrection. Standing as a victory, with authority. Standing as a lion of Judah.
The whole course of history is given to this One.
The Father has appointed Jesus to bring the history of this world to its proper conclusion.
We often don’t have an answer to the ‘why’ that happens to us. We can’t plumb the depths of the mind of God. God’s ways are at times mysterious and misunderstood by us. God’s ways are always moral and righteous all the time.
The ‘what’ of history. God’s manifestation of his love.
Revelation 5:13 ESV
13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
The verse above is the what.
is the what.
It is appointed unto man once to die but after this the judgment.
3. The anthem from the world sounded: vv 8-13
3.The anthem from the world sounded: vv 8-13
Why do we sing? Our God is a musical being. God Himself sings - He sings over His children.
Zephaniah 3:17 ESV
17 The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
Zeph 3:17
It is expositional
What is sung here is a song of sacrifice, atonement, redemption because the Lamb has purchased men for God.
Song of Christ and His crucifixion.
Jesus was never more glorious than in His death.
It qualifies Jesus to be worthy to open the scroll.
b. It is experiential
This is not a heartless song - it’s the expression of experience of sins forgiven and glory gained. Wonder and amazement. Might, majesty, authority
c. It is emotional
It ought to excite our mind, warm our heart
test of our own personal Christian faith.
Are we moved by the marvel of God’s mercy to us?
Do we stand amazed at His love for us?
Are we humbled by His grace, care and faithfulness to us?
There is a right place in our humanity for emotion.
If our theology does not...
Will our future be weeping or worship?
Will it be anguish or adoration?
“Our God is the end of the journey,
His pleasant and glorious domain
For there are the children of mercy
Who praise Him for Calvary’s pain.” - William Vernon Higham 1926-2016
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