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“Blessing, Glory, and Honor Forever”
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What do you think about when you think about heaven? A beautiful scene beyond description? Peace like you have never felt before? Meeting historical biblical characters? Being before the face of God? Experiencing fellowship with Jesus Christ? There are many images and ideas that come to mind when we sit back and wonder about that majestic place. The Bible even tells us, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him,” (1 Corinthians 2:9). I believe the word “awesome” wouldn’t be able to do it justice when we set our feet on that heavenly pavement and see it for ourselves.
But, what about worship? How often do we think about worship? What about the exhilaration of praise that just can’t be held back even if you tried? What about the automatic adoration Jesus receives when He steps into clear view for John to see in this heavenly scene? Can our minds even wrap around the fact that heaven couldn’t have stopped rejoicing over Him even if they wanted to? Everything that God has planned, and eternity has been pushing for has come to pass and future events are lined up accordingly. Jesus Christ, the fulfiller of all, seen in today’s lesson as a Lion and a Lamb, is blessed the best way heaven knows how: through pure worship.
What about us?
Worship. It’s something we do when we enter the church doors. It’s a command in the Bible to “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name,” (Ps. 100:4).
“Bless His name!” Honor Him for who He is and all His glory. David, with whom the covenant of a forever King on his throne originated, declared, “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth,” (Ps. 34:1). He commanded his own being to praise the LORD!
Praise and worship is something we better get used to while we are here on earth in our journey toward heaven. When we get to heaven there’s a lot of praise and worship that will be going on. In Revelation, when the Lamb comes forth, no one must introduce a command to praise Him. Those in that heavenly throne room and those bearing witness to the events unfolding naturally praise Him for who He is. They naturally and organically give Him what He deserves for all He has done.
In this week’s lesson, we are still following the events unfolding before the eyes of John as he is experiencing what is going on in the throne room of heaven, based on the same scene we followed from last week’s lesson. If John thought that what he has already seen was the end of it, boy, was he in for a surprise. There were more things to come that must be shown to him and that he must carefully record. But first, he witnesses a praise party like no other and tells us about through this written Revelation.
Let’s travel with John in this heavenly vision to witness with him the pure worship of the Lamb that takes place. May it prick our hearts all the more to respond to our heavenly King in the same manner while we are still here on earth.
Revelation 5:6 “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.”
As a recap, in the book of Revelation John was transported via a spiritual vision to the throne room of God in heaven (as already stated). There he saw sights of which only a few had been privy to through visions (Is. 6:1; Ez. 1:26; Dan. 7:9-10). He witnessed lightenings and thunderings, and voices (Revelation 4:5). He saw a sea of glass and beasts full of eyes (Revelation 4:7) as the vision continued to unfold before him (last week’s lesson).
Moving into chapter 5, his attention was drawn to the “right hand of him that sat on the throne,” (Revelation 5:1a). There, held by the hand of the Creator of all heaven and earth and the occupier of that radiant throne, which is the focus of heaven, was “a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals,” (Revelation 5:1b).
With respect to the days and the times, the book that John sees most likely was represented as a scroll rolled up and sealed with the markers of the One who had the authority to hide or reveal the contents to whomever He wills or designates to open it (compare to similar references found in Ezekiel 2:9-10 and Daniel 12:4).
Now, if God is holding this book, then it can be nothing short of important. I wish I knew a better word, but I don’t. What He held was going to connect John and the readers of these words with future events. The nature of the words inscribed and placed behind those seals were beyond important. They were world and life-altering.
As the eyes of John focused on that holy hand, he heard a question ring out through heaven, “Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?” (Rev. 5:2). Is there anyone, anywhere who is worthy to disclose what was being held out in the right hand of God?
Wow, what a question!
The heart, mind, and soul of every human was inspected, measured, and found wanting to the point that verse 3 tells us, “No man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.”
No one was worthy. How dreadful.
John’s response was appropriate for such a shocking revelation. He said, “I wept much” (Revelation 5:4). That scroll held a holy decree, a divine proclamation from the hand of God. The emotional turmoil of not being able to find just one who could reveal its contents was too much for John. He broke down and “wept much.” If you have ever seen a small child go in hysterical crying, where they would get themselves worked up and can’t calm down, hiccupping at the attempt, then we could gain of picture of John at his weeping. Would they never know of the words that came from the right hand of God? The very thought was heart-wrenching.
Quieting his anguished soul, John wrote that, “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,” (Rev. 5:5). “The root of David” quote is very significant being that the promise was given to King David that he would never fail to have a descendant of his occupying the throne (see 2 Samuel 7:16; 1 Kings 8:25; Isaiah 11:1; Jeremiah 33:17).
Our lesson picks up here after one of the elders spoke and John’s attention is diverted from his weeping to see the One who was and is always found worthy.
“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.” Above, I just noted a few of the activities that were going on in heaven at the time of John’s vision, but oh, there was so much more (read Revelation 1-4 to gain a greater understanding). “In the midst” or in the middle of all that was unfolding before him in that beautiful places where the throne was and among all that was happening, John said, “I beheld.” In other words, at the encouragement of the elder, his [John’s] attention was made to focus and pay attention on something, or rather, Someone that was truly spectacular and not only central to heaven’s story, but our salvation story, as well.
Have you ever attended a concert? The opening acts are great but everybody that attends is really there for the main event. When that artist appears all eyes are pinned to the one whom they really paid to see.
John’s eyes were pinned. He saw not a “lion” as verse 5 spoke, rather a “Lamb.” At that moment my mind wonders did John immediately recognize Him as the one on whose breast he laid and asked of His betrayal, “Lord, who is it?” (John 13:25; John 21:20). When his eyes rested on the “Lamb” did his mind comprehend this was He who spoke from the cross whilst in agony and said, “Behold thy mother!” (John 19:27), and entrusted Mary to his care?
“Lamb” is an appropriate title for the Lord to be identified as. It is what John the Baptist proclaimed when he spoke, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” (John 1:29, 36). It is through this title He fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah 53:7 which says, “He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,” (see also Acts 8:32). The “Lamb” was used as an offering to sanctify where God would meet with His people (see Ex. 29:38-43). In the New Testament we are told, “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ,” (Ephesians 2:13).
It is through the blood of the “Lamb” which we are redeemed, (1 Peter 1:19). It is through the blood of the “Lamb” which we are protected, (Exodus 12:7, 12-13). Paul reassured us that Christ is our Passover Lamb, “sacrificed for us,” (1 Corinthians 5:7). In all shape and form, Jesus Christ, was and is the fulfilling of that “lamb as it had been slain.”
“Slain.” The image before John was not a glorious one. What he saw bore marks of suffering trauma and violence; wounds and suffering. What he saw was One who gave up His life. He was as He had been “slain.”
“Having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” John the Baptist testified of Jesus saying,
“I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God,” (John 1:32-34).
Now, the Apostle John sees Him whom John the Baptist declared and witnessed with the Spirit as the Son of God, in heaven with “seven horns and seven eyes,” which is the demonstration and representation of His perfect, complete, and unparalleled power and knowledge from all others (also see notes on last week’s lesson about the seven spirits).
This was foretold in Isaiah 11:1-2 where it says, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.”
Revelation 5:7 “And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.”
What I immediately noticed here was there was no resistance from the one “that sat upon the throne” to relinquish the “book” to the “Lamb.” This shows not only the authority of the Lamb to take the book, but the trust of the Father to hand it over. It shows to me the Father knew that the Lamb satisfied every qualification and stipulation to be able to come and take it from His hand. There was also no hesitation on the part of the Lamb. Walking to the throne, He was welcomed. Walking to the throne, He was secured in knowing that He had done the will of the Father (John 6:38; Matthew 26:39) and He was the only one who could take the “book.”
Revelation 5:8 “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 the saints.”
This is where that heavenly praise party begins. The response of those in attendance of “Lamb” who “had taken the book,” was worship. “The four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb.”
The same response came from the wise men who came to see Jesus after His birth. “When they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him . . .” (Mt. 2:11). He is worthy and was always worthy of the adoration of His people (see also Mark 5:6; Luke 5:8; Luke 17:16; Acts 9:4 for a few examples). All this falls in line with what was declared in Romans 14:11, “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me . . .,” (see also Phil. 2:10).
Here’s another note of importance: your prayers make a difference. Never let anyone convince you that your “prayers” don’t matter. Here, in the throne room, the “prayers of the saints” are present (see also Rev. 8:3-4). They are described as incense or “ordours.” David once wrote, “Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice,” (Ps. 141:2). Your prayers matter!
Revelation 5:9-10 “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou was slain, and hast redeemed us to God by the 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.”
“A new song.” Singing has long been associated with worship. Psalms 100:2 commands us to “Come before his presence with singing.” Psalms 95:2 says, “Make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.” But, this song ringing out in heaven is a “new song.” It had never been sung before. The words, the melody were devoted to this one single moment, for this right time when the Lamb took the book. The reason being: “Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof.” A few verses up, there was found no one who was worthy (Revelation 5:3) until the Lamb appeared. When He appeared and fulfilled all, it bought about great joy in heaven and the bringing forth of this “new song.”
“For thou was slain, and hast redeemed us to God by the blood.” The reason for His worthiness is spelled out plainly and simply. He is the one that was “slain,” (see also Rev. 13:8). He is the one that has “redeemed . . . by the blood.” The Bible tells us, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot,” (1 Pet. 1:18-19).
“And hast made us kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” 2 Timothy 2:12 tells us, “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him . . .” Paul taught in Romans 5:17, “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” Because of all that the “Lamb,” who is Jesus Christ, has done, we shall “reign!” Not only to reign, but “made us kings and priests,” (see also Rev. 1:6; 1 Pet. 2:5, 9).
Revelation 5:11-12 “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.”
“Ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,” of angels lifted their voice around the throne. Awesome! What an extraordinary event to witness beforehand through this revelation! One day, when we all get to heaven, we will see with our own eyes this magnificent worship taking place. Oh, the joy, to hear of it from such a faithful witness as John. There, a number that can’t be calculated of “angels,” raising their voices and joining the worshipping. This is reminiscent of Jesus’ birth when “There was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men,’” (Lk. 2:13-14). Their song now is different. They reiterate the praise “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain.”
He now “receives” everything that is due to Him because of whom He is and all that He has done: “power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.” At the time of His crucifixion, Jesus was mocked and ridiculed, Luke 23:35-36, but now He “receives” the adoration that He only is worthy of.
Revelation 5:13-14 “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.”
“Every creature” enters this fellowship of praise. The last verse of the last Psalm commands, “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD,” (Ps. 150:6). Everything is to praise Him! Everything is to worship!
To that, the “four beasts said, Amen” and the “elders fell down and worshipped” our Lord Jesus Christ, that Worthy Lamb.
Jesus Christ, that holy Lamb of God, is worthy of blessing, glory, and honor forever. Begin today to praise Him for His wondrous works.
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“Jesus’ Enthronement Coloring Page” (Older students will enjoy this one with its intricate details. Enjoy!)
“Jesus is the Lamb of God Coloring Page” (This coloring sheet is ideal for your younger students. Enjoy!)
“John 1:29 Coloring Sheet” (Awww! This coloring sheet is absolutely adorable and covers the theme of our lesson for this week nicely. Enjoy!)
“Lamb of God Activity/Craft” (This is a simple, easy and inexpensive craft for teachers to put together quickly for their students. Simply print out the lamb outline and glue on cotton balls to make this little guy fluffy. Enjoy!)
“Lamb Craft” (Here’s another adaptation to making a “lamb” craft. This one uses a simple, white paper plate with black construction paper cut outs. So simple. So easy. So, enjoy! 🙂 ).
“Paper Bag Lamb Puppets” (Looking for something a little different? Make these paper bag lamb puppets. Print out the lambs head, decorate, cut out and glue on the front of a paper bag. Easy Peasy! And, your students have a little homemade toy to take home. Enjoy!)
“Lamb of God Crayon Resist Craft” (This activity can be done with your own lamb cut out or any lamb coloring sheet or cut out. This takes the lamb cut out to another level. By using white crayons your students can write the name Jesus on the lamb and make swirly designs for the wool. Using watercolors to go over it all leaves a beautiful impression that I think your students will love. Enjoy!)
“Lamb Paper Craft” (This lamb paper craft can easily be adapted to today’s lesson. We love these simple and printable activities that are easy for students and teachers alike. Enjoy!)
“Handprint Lamb of God Craft” (This is so easy! If you have construction paper, googly eyes and cotton balls then you have a craft your younger ones will enjoy. Just have them trace their hands to use as a lamb pattern and decorate. Enjoy!)
“Paper Plate Lamb” (White paper plates matched with these printables give you an easy put together project for your students. They can write a memory verse on the back of the plate as a reminder of this week’s lesson. Enjoy!
“Q-tee Name Card Holder” (This one takes a little more time and patience but your older students will love it. The lamb is made using Q-tips for a 3D effect. With their name written in the background this would be a lovely keepsake as a reminder for this week’s lesson. Enjoy!)
“Jesus is Our Passover Lamb” (This activity connects the first Passover with Jesus as the Lamb of God. Enjoy!
“Heaven” (Multitude of activities and resources. Enjoy!)