You Are Worthy, O Lord

You Are Worthy, O Lord

In the book of Revelation, the Lord Jesus is pictured in symbolic language as a Lamb upon the throne, the only one worthy to open the scrolls of God’s judgments upon a world that will not honor and obey His Son. This book of Revelation, to which there is a special promise of blessing attached to those who hear what is written (Rev. 1:3)–is designed by God to be the comforting conclusion to His inscrupturated Word. When we understand that the purpose of the book is not to make us fearful, but to comfort us, and to strengthen us in our afflictions, we have the key to reading Revelation with hearts ready to “follow the Lamb wherever He goes” (Rev. 14:4).
Very soon, I hope to begin a preaching series on the hope we have in this glorious book of Revelation. In the meantime, I commend it to you as a great source of encouragement for (what are likely to be) very difficult days ahead. Some among us are already experiencing hardship and loss due to the outbreak of disease in our community. But our God has spoken to us in His Word. He has appointed Jesus Christ to be our representative at His right hand, our Mediator, the only one who in heaven or on earth who is worthy to open the scroll and to execute the sovereign will of God for history and for the nations which have in every generation raged against Him and His anointed (Ps. 2). Look at Revelation 5 and take courage from what we read there. In response to the prayers of the saints (v. 8), we read that those in heaven sing a new song (v. 9). What is the content of that song? The risen Lamb is worthy to open the seals of God’s sovereign plan for history and for humanity (v. 9). Why is He worthy? Because He alone (being God in our flesh) has redeemed us to God by His blood and made us kings and priests to our God, giving us the hope that we shall reign with Him on the earth when He comes again in glory (v. 10). What is our response to these things? Worship! “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength, and honor and glory and blessing!” (v. 11-12). That worship is offered up by those on earth and those in heaven with one heart and one voice for one simple reason. He is worthy!
Christ is worthy of our worship. He was worthy of our worship last week, last month, last year. He remains worthy of our worship today and tomorrow and forever. Our worship, of course, will not look the same as it did even last Lord’s Day. There are great changes taking place in the world. It would seem that the shaking of the nations is so great that not a single soul has been unaffected throughout the whole earth. But nevertheless, God is on His throne, and He remains worthy of our worship and adoration and praise.
What that means is that we have a great privilege and a great responsibility. We owe all worship and glory to God, through His Son Jesus Christ. We also have the honor of representing the kingdom of Christ in this world, even as the world around us will continue to resist God and hate Him for His just and righteous judgments upon the nations which have forgotten Him.
May the Lord sustain us and drive us to Him in faith.

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