Today’s Reading

Revelation 5

And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

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, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

Fell Down and Worshiped

Who is the “Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David?” How did He triumph? The answer to both these questions is found by looking closely at this chapter. The Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Root of David was the One who was slain and, with His shed blood, purchased men for God. By His sacrifice, He made people of all nations to be a kingdom and priests of God. He was the Lamb who was slain. Who is the One who did all this? – Jesus Christ. Because of what He did on the cross, He is worthy to not only open the scroll, but worthy to receive everything that belongs to God. He is worthy to receive power, wealth, strength, honor, glory, and praise. Jesus Christ did what no man could ever do. He did for you what you could never do for yourself. He purchased you for God that you might become a kingdom and a priest and might serve Him. How have you responded to this truth? Hopefully, not only by worshiping and praising Him, but also by serving Him with your whole heart. After all He has done for us, is there a sacrifice too great or task too menial to demonstrate our thankfulness and love? Is this how you live your life?

Today’s Questions

Say What?

Observation: What do I see?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean?

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do?