The human heart is controlled by vision. Whoever or whatever is at the forefront and center of that vision is Lord of our lives. All people in all places at all times have oriented their lives around a specific type of vision; whether it be athletic, political, or even spiritual.
As Christians, we can proclaim that Jesus is not merely a coach—He’s the Christ. He isn’t simply a king, but the king of all kings. He isn’t some religious guru who shows us the way, but a savior who IS the way. The beauty of being a believer is that we don’t have to pull a vision out of thin air. We can look to what’s revealed in God’s holy word.
John (the apostle), in the apocalyptic literature that is the book of Revelation, forecasts the future. At the center of his vision is a throne (Rev. 4:2) that is only fit for our God. As we dive into both chapter 4 and 5, we see that this vision shows all of the saints and people of God seated with our Lord as well (Rev. 4:4). This text also shows that we aren’t the only ones who are part of the new creation that dawns in the age to come, but also that the animals and all creatures of the earth are gathered around the glorious throne as well.
Involuntarily, they all bow down and worship proclaiming him as holy, holy, holy (Rev. 4:8) showing that, contrary to popular belief, God’s holiness is something that should draw us near rather than push us into fear. Although this is hard for us to sense, it’s so necessary for us to grasp. Our God deserves what has been reserved for him and that is our total allegiance and worship. It is important to remember that these same songs that the saints are seen singing are those that usually find themselves on the lips of pagans worshiping people with an idolatrous posture, those who have been created instead of the creator.
Our God deserves what has been reserved for him and that is our total allegiance and worship.
The text reaches its apex, as it turns and points at the tension present in John, the one Jesus loved when he sees a scroll. He asks the question, “Who is worthy to open the scrolls and break its seals?” (Rev. 5:2). The scrolls here are representative of the decrees, judgment, and sovereign plans and purposes of God. The droves are driven to despair upon realizing that there isn’t a soul on heaven or earth that is fit to search the sealed scrolls. We must remember that our tears tell on us. What we grieve shows what we love. John’s tears testify that he longs for someone who is worthy to judge, to bring into fullness the final justice and righteousness that the long line of prophets before him had longed for (Rev. 5:4).
But the good news of the Good News shines forth. Christ the true king is also the slaughtered lamb. He is worthy to take scrolls, because he has purchased a people with his own blood, and made them a kingdom of priests that will reign with him on earth forever (Rev. 5:9). He is able to declare judgment on the wicked because he has taken the judgment for those he has made righteous. Jesus is the ultimate king who wins through loss, who gains us all by sacrificing himself, who has made us alive by dying—all because he loves us more than any other thing on this earth. Nothing and no one can love you as Jesus will. This is something to orient our worship around but even more so our lives. Our tongues should be tied to telling everyone that our God is not in the grave because he’s sitting on the throne.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you that you purchased us with your blood. We ask that while you sit on the throne of heaven that you’d be firmly planted on the throne of our hearts. Help us to be those who remember that because you are the lamb who was slain for all of our wrongs that you deserve all of our worship. In Christ’s name. Amen.