Is Jesus Worthy to Claim the Universe?
Worthy is the Lamb
Revelation 5:5-7 (KJB) “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. 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. 7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.”
The great Apostle John had been summoned to heaven and before him, a spectacular image was displayed. This incredible image which John described and our minds fail to paint a satisfactory picture is the very throne of God.
Twenty-four elders clothed in white raiment with crowns of Gold. He that sat on the throne was like a jasper and sardine stone with a rainbow all around Him, in sight like an emerald. Lightning and thunder and voices came from the throne with seven lamps of fire, the seven spirits of God, burning before the sacred throne. In front of the throne a sea of crystal like glass and four beasts each with six wings and full of eyes that never rested day or night from saying, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. The elders falling down before the One on the throne casting their crowns before the throne and saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
John continues to describe this spectacular display telling us that the One on the throne has a book that was written all over and sealed with seven seals. An angel asked, “Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?” The angel did not ask who is willing to rule the world – this would have caused a stampede – but the angel asked who is worthy. The silence was the answer and the silence was shattered only by the sobs of the Apostle John because no man was worthy. The Apostle John says in
Revelation 5:4 (KJB) “And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.”
No man on earth could make that claim, not Moses, or Abraham, not Solomon, not David or Daniel, not Peter or Paul, not even the Apostle John. John wept for the shame and disgrace of the children of men.
Then stood a Lamb, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, a Lamb as it had been slain, with seven eyes and horns. The Lamb came and took the book. The four beast and elders fell before the Lamb and said, Thou art worthy to take the book and to open the seals because thou wast slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood. Everyone, all people, every language, ever nation and we have been made priests and kings and we shall reign on earth.
Angels that could not be numbered exclaiming, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”
If we asked the Lamb by what right and by what grounds He claimed the right to rule the world, would you be curious about what He would say? Would the Lamb say, that the world is Mine! It is Mine by right of Creation – because I made it!
Colossians 1:16 (KJB) “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.”
Would the Lamb say it is Mine because I paid for it at Calvary?
Luke 23:33 (KJB) “And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.”
The Lamb might also say, it is Mine by right of conquest because I’m coming back to take it by force!
Revelation 19:11-13 (KJB) “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.”
Yes, the Lamb is worthy because He only can claim to be the Creator, and only He can make the claim of purchasing the world at Calvary, and He who is the Lamb is coming again by conquest to claim what is His.
Colossians 1:16-17 (KJB) “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”