Today’s Reading: Revelation 3-5
Today’s Reflection: Revelation 5:1-5
1) Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2) And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3) And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4) and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5) And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
The scroll with the seven seals is in the right hand (the hand of power) of God the Father on the throne of heaven. None on heaven or earth were fit to open it, so the witness John began to cry. But then came one who could open the scroll. The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, Jesus the Christ.
The word says He can open the scroll because He has conquered. We know, especially at this time of year, that Jesus came to earth, became a human, born as a child to a virgin woman. But if that’s where the story ends it’s not nearly enough.
That child grew up, grew in favour with God and with men, lived a life without sin, became a powerful minister and rabbi, raised up a band of disciples to spread the Gospel, ushered in the kingdom of heaven. He healed many, touched many, changed many, saved many. He was crucified by religious leaders who feared Him, and political leaders who didn’t fear Him enough. But he rose from the dead and ascended into heaven with these words:
Matthew 28:18 – And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
Because Jesus conquered sin, death, and the grave, He had all authority, all power, and because He had conquered He can open the scroll and it’s seven seals.
Jesus story—the whole story, not just His birth, or His death, but everything inbetween—is the story of overcoming the world for our sakes. Because of this Jesus has authority over everything in heaven or earth concerning our fates. We don’t have to fear anything that happens here or in the spiritual realm, because the saviour who has conquered shares His victory with those who accept Him as lord and saviour. Whatever the challenge, Jesus has already overcome it. He is the answer to every problem. He is our everything.
John 16:33 – I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”