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Revelation 5 [Read]
After revealing the letters to the seven churches of Asia Minor, God summons John to the throne room to show him what must take place (Rev 4:1). For the next two chapters (Rev 4-5), John describes the scenes in this glorious place where God resides. Among many mysterious images, I observe a couple of things.
First, God and Son are one. God is worthy to receive glory and honor and power, for he created all things, and by his will they were created and have their being (4:11). God is the Creator, and his will continue to direct the history of the universe. Therefore, he is worshipped by all. But in the same throne room, the lamb that has been slain is also worshipped. He is the only one who is worthy to open the scroll, for he has purchased men for God from all nations (5:9). The lamb is the Redeemer, and he is the one who has accomplished the plan of redemption set in action by God. Therefore, he is also worshipped by all forever and ever (5:13). The unity of God and the lamb is clearly revealed. “I and the Father are one” (Jn 8:30).
Second, God’s salvation is full of paradoxes. The powerful God who created the heavens and earth takes on the form of a lamb, a defenseless creature in our eyes, to accomplish his redemption plan. The lion of Judah (5:5), the only one who is worthy to open the sealed scroll, is actually the lamb that has been slain. The victory that the root of David has achieved is accomplished by shedding blood on the cross (5:9). The glorious and powerful message of the Gospel is actually delivered through the birth of a helpless baby in a manger, the ministry of a poor carpenter, and the death of a religious fanatic in human eyes. None of these fits our human logic, but that’s exactly why Satan was defeated. “For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe” (1Cor 1:21).
Let this scene in the throne room stimulate our thoughts about the greatness of our God the Creator and the Redeemer, and let the paradoxical truth of the Gospel comfort us about the wisdom of our Savior. May our prayer be part of that incense which was brought before the lamb (5:8). Amen.
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