Our Triumphant Lamb of Glory
"Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death."-Revelation 1:17-18, emphasis added
Let's now see the Lamb of God in five stations as He brings to completion God's plan of the ages. When you worship, worship this wonderful Lamb of Revelation!
1. The Lamb walks in the midst of His Church (Revelation 1:11-18). He reveals himself in these wonderful ways: the Lamb is royal in splendor (1:13); the Lamb is purity and ancient wisdom (1:14); the Lamb is revealed with His power displayed (1:15-16); and the Lamb is revealed with His purpose defined (1:18).
2. The Lamb waits at the door (Revelation 3:14-22). Jesus is calling to us: "I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me" (3:20). Remember: Jesus is standing outside the door, knocking. However, He will not come in without being invited. If we open that door, He promises to dine lingeringly with us, which speaks of a time of sweet communion with Him.
3. The Lamb is worthy of praise (Revelation 4:11-Revelation 5). "You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created" (4: 11). His position in the throne room of heaven is that of Creator; all that was done is for His pleasure. He was slain for man's sin, and is the heir to the universe. Because of this we see the rights He receives in Revelation 5:11-12 power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and blessing. This Lion of Judah is mighty, and He shall be honored; every knee shall bow and give Him glory, for He is the highest of heaven adored. And finally there is blessing-He is that which produces real and eternal joy. What is the response of all the universe in Revelation 5:13-14 The same as what ours should be; all creatures praise Him, and the whole universe and "the four beasts" worship Him.
4. The Lamb wars against sinful men (Revelation 19:11-21-Revelation 20). In this scene we worship our Lamb of glory as we see Him triumphing during the Tribulation war. As commander of the armies of heaven, He appears for battle with clothing that is of vestures dipped in blood. He is called the Word of God, and conquers the kings of the earth and chains Satan. In Revelation 20:7-15, we see Him again as He finishes up the final postmillennial war. The key events are: Satan is loosed; the millennial last generation follows his deceptions; they are destroyed, face judgment, then go into eternity without Christ!
5. The Lamb triumphantly welcomes the redeemed (Revelation 22). This final glimpse of Jesus as the Lamb starts at God's throne as the source of the Water of Life, and ends at the seat of the Father and Lamb. Jesus, our Lamb, is the One who offers the tree by the river that brings healing. He declares the eternal triumph, and that there will be no more curse; His servants will now be free to offer unhindered service to Him. Revelation ends with the testimony that He is the Light who was revealed to those who keep His sayings. And because He is a great Savior, His last offer is one of mercy and compassion: Let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely (v. 17).
Make a choice to live in hope: This same Lamb of God walks in the midst of His churches today. He is waiting and watching to see if we are willing to open the door to Him that He may commune with us. All must, and shall, bow before Him in praise of His name above every name. And soon, He, the Lord of glory-the pet Lamb slain for the sin of the whole world-shall welcome each and every redeemed one to dwell with Him forever. Have you found the living hope that can be yours as you admire Christ's perfect sacrifice at the cross?
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