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Thought for the Day by Stephen Demetriou (Youth Minister)
Whoso pulleth out this sword from this stone, is right wise King born of all England.”
This is said to be the inscription on the legendary sword Excalibur; the very sword King Arthur supposedly drew from the anvil making him the rightful king of England.
I love the Legend of King Arthur and it’s surely based on deep Biblical ideas right?
We’re back in the throne room (see Monday 12th April) and have a look at Revelation 5: 2 “I saw a mighty angle proclaiming in a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?’”
Do you see the King Arthur resemblance?!
We’re not dealing with a sword here this is a scroll.
The most important document. A scroll of both judgement and salvation, of the future and history this is THE scroll. If it’s not opened, hope is defeated and all the promises of the Bible fall flat!
It’s no wonder that we read what John says in Revelation 5:4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.
Hope looks gone.
Until an unlikely hero steps up.
Revelation 5:6-7 I saw a Lamb, looking as if had been slain, standing at the centre of the throne… The lamb went and took the scroll from the right hand of Him who say on the throne!
A dead lamb?!
And things get weirder because suddenly everything starts singing to this dead lamb v13 I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them saying: To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb, be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever!
Now I know lambing is a big deal this time of year I can understand why lambs are cute and lovely and fluffy… But I don’t know anyone who would want to go and see a lamb slaughterhouse and witness a dead lamb… And sing songs to a dead lamb? Okay….
Yet that’s what’s happening here!
It takes John the Baptist to help us truly understand what’s going on, he sees the Lord Jesus and he says the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
This Lamb is Jesus. The Lamb who was slain and is NOW standing and alive! Because of His death and resurrection He is worthy to take the scroll! No one objects, no one stops Him the perfect Lamb of God is worthy.
It’s a breath-taking picture of Easter, of Jesus’ triumph and victory through death; so that as long as there is Jesus, there is hope!
Forget King Arthur, this is King Jesus.
Revelation 5 paints Jesus as the central and most important figure in all of history.
Do we see Him like that?
The praise of the Lamb starts in the throne room and should echo into our lives.
Today, let that praise flow into your life. Take time to praise God for Jesus, the worthy Lamb who conquers by being conquered and so brings hope and life to those who believe.
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.
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