Where the Bible Says ‘Worthy Is the Lamb'
Revelation 5 is one of the most awe-inspiring, majestic passages in the New Testament. In Revelation 5:1-2, the One sitting on the throne holds a scroll with seven seals. A mighty angel asked those gathered around the throne, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”
In the vision, John—the writer of Revelation—wept profusely, because, “no one,” John said, “was found worthy to open the scroll.” But then, the triumphant “Lion of the tribe of Judah” stepped forward. Only the lamb, now described as a reigning “lion,” was found worthy.
Heaven rejoiced! When Jesus stepped forward to take the scroll, a “new song” broke out and a myriad of angels worshipped Jesus around the throne of God. “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,” they said, “to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
The citizens of heaven held nothing back! In churches today, this is a powerful anthem: “Thou art worthy, Thou art worthy, Thou art worthy, O Lord….” The Lamb of God is still praised, and He will be praised and honored forever.
Other Scripture Verses about Jesus as the Worthy Lamb
Revelation 5 is not the only scripture reminding us about the Lamb of God. Isaiah 53:7 prophesied about a meek lamb who would be led to slaughter. The prophet described his rejection, suffering, and death as an offering for sin, bearing the iniquities of God’s chosen people Isaiah 53:3-11.
The Lamb of God from the Beginning
Revelation 3:18 says this Lamb was slain “from the creation of the world.”
His sacrifice was not an afterthought by God. God knew what would transpire with Adam and Eve, and He knew the end of all history. Jesus was ordained as the Redeemer before the foundation of the world. We also see this truth in 1 Peter 1:18-20.
Believers are redeemed with the precious blood of Christ—“a lamb without blemish or defect;” and Peter says, Jesus “was chosen before the creation of the world.”
As noted earlier, John the Baptist testified about Jesus as the Lord began His public ministry. John specifically called Him, “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John’s disciples became disciples of Jesus as he said, “Look, the Lamb of God.” These first disciples understood John meant Jesus was the promised Messiah (John 1:41.
Christ was the “Passover lamb,” sacrificed for us “while we were yet sinners” so we might have eternal life (1 Corinthians 5:7; Romans 5:8; John 3:16).
The Lamb of God for Eternity
Many scriptures in Revelation point to the Lamb’s work in the future.
The Word of God tells us how God’s people will endure and stand in the last days—in and by “the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14, Rev. 12:10-11). The Lamb will conquer His enemies (Rev. 17:14). Believers will see the Worthy Lamb in heaven, where He will be the temple and light of New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:22-23).
He will shepherd us (Rev. 7:17); and the Bride of Christ will worship Him, beginning at the marriage supper (Revelation 19:7-9).
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