Focal Passage: Revelation 5:1-14
Perhaps you have been to an exciting ball game on the weekend. Then, on Sunday, gathered for worship and were disappointed because the celebration seemed pale in comparison.
Why should this be? I’m not suggesting worship at church should look like Duke University’s Cameron Indoor Stadium, but don’t we have something worthy of greater celebration than a successful basketball program?
In this passage John describes worship as it will be for all of eternity. The scene is inspiring on the deepest level when you picture the Father on His throne, and the Lion-like Lamb who is the only One worthy to carry out God’s final judgment and redemption. Heaven erupts in celebration of Jesus as the four majestic creatures and the elders surrounding the throne worship Him, joined by millions of angels and ultimately everything in creation.
Doesn’t it seem that we have more to gain from the sacrifice of the Lamb than all the heavenly beings? We are the redeemed and have the greatest cause for celebration. The more we understand redemption, the greater our worship will be.
Let your heart be filled with a sense of Jesus’ worth with the following illustration of what He has done for you.
A boy once captured some birds and put them in a cage. A man saw the boy carrying the cage and asked what he was going to do with the birds.
“Oh,” the boy replied, “I’m going to play with them for a while and then feed them to my cat.” The man looked at the caged birds and took pity on them. He offered the boy a price that the he couldn’t pass up.
After purchasing the cage of birds he immediately opened it and set them free.
That’s what Jesus did for us. Satan had us caged and was going to feed us into the jaws of eternal death. But Jesus purchased us, cage and all, and set us free.
In heaven, He bears the marks of the price he paid, and is worthy the eternal outpouring of worship from everything in heaven, on earth and under the earth!