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Discover the Book - June 3, 2009

  • 2009 Jun 03

Admiring the Perfect Sacrifice of Jesus

Are you admiring the perfect sacrifice of Jesus? Has the depth of His love and sacrifice filled your soul so full it is overflowing?

There is a place of eternal calm, unleashing tranquility, perfect peace, endless day...  That place is the center of the universe, the throne of God...  To that location John transports us from Patmos' salt mines to heavens highest point.

In 1989 a hurricane swept through New England, for hour after hour the winds increased until trees were snapping. Then it happened, the calm at the eye of the storm. A perfect pool of quiet between the storms.

*       Rev. 4-5 are a calm between two storms, the perfect peace which always exists in God’s presence

*       Rev. 1-3 show the struggling saints

*       Rev. 6-20 shows the end of earth

To admire the sacrifice of Jesus we need t remember what He did for us. PP Bliss well reminds us in his hymn, "Hallelujah What a Savior”.

*       'Man of sorrows!’ what a name
For the Son of God who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim!
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

*       Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood,
Seal’d my pardon with His blood;
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

*       Guilty vile, and helpless we,
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full atonement! Can it be?
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

*       Lifted up was He to die,
‘It is finished,’ was His cry;
Now in heav’n exalted high,
Hallelujah, What a Savior!

*        When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew this song we’ll sing,
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

As we look into the book of Revelation remember we see that it is the Revelation of Jesus Christ.  All the Bible is now combined into one majestic picture of the Lamb of God.  He who the prophets foretold, the priest portrayed, and John the Baptist pointed to who stood unknown in the midst of men - is now shown to be the center of the plan of God for this last segment of time before time shall be no more. 

We are at the Throne of Judgment for the Universe. On the Throne is the JUDGE of all

How can I experience His inexhaustible peace, His eternal calm in the presence of the Ancient of Days, seated on the Judgment Throne of the Universe? What will happen to me because of all my failures and sins?

We find peace at the judgment of God by recognizing my unworthiness and guilt before His holy Throne, and recognize by bowing and worshiping the utter worthiness of the Lamb as my substitute.

Chapter 5 is in two parts:

            1.  v. 1-5 the unworthiness of mankind

            2.  v. 6-14 the worthiness of Lamb

Our Desperation: The Utter Unworthiness of Mankind (v.1-4)

v. 1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.  The Book - what is it?   An official document that declares the climax of human history.

*       Isaiah 42:9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

*       Ezekiel 2:9-10 Now when I looked, there was a hand stretched out to me; and behold, a scroll of a book was in it.10 Then He spread it before me; and there was writing on the inside and on the outside, and written on it were lamentations and mourning and woe.

*       Dan. 12:8-9 Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these things?”9 And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

*       This scroll before God's Throne represents Christ’s “title deed” to all that the Father promised Him. Jesus because of His sacrifice on the cross. “Ask of Me, and I shall give Thee the heathen [nations] for Thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession” (Ps. 2:8).

*       It is the deed for the Heir, the One who has the right to take the earth. In New Testament times Roman law required that a will had to be sealed seven times, to protect it from tampering. As you rolled it up, you sealed it every turn or so for seven times. The seals were not to be broken until after the person whose will it was had died.

Only Jesus is Heir to the Title Deed of the Universe!

v. 2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?”

Jesus alone is worthy to be our redeemer.

v. 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.

*       Rom. 3:10 none righteous

*       All of Adam’s race is fallen. No one is worthy among all the Pharoahs, Caesars, Khans, generals, dictators and emperors. They and all their subjects have failed to measure up to God's standard...  All die and turn to dust...

All of humanity falls short of God's glory

v. 4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.

Our Redemption hangs totally upon Jesus, we have no other hope!

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