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The Lamb

The Lamb

31 August 2010

Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 12-14; Revelation 5

Scripture:

6 So I looked, and there, surrounded by Throne, Animals, and Elders, was a Lamb, slaughtered but standing tall. Seven horns he had, and seven eyes, the Seven Spirits of God sent into all the earth. 7 He came to the One Seated on the Throne and took the scroll from his right hand. 8 The moment he took the scroll, the Four Animals and Twenty-four Elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb. Each had a harp and each had a bowl, a gold bowl filled with incense, the prayers of God’s holy people. 9 And they sang a new song: “Worthy! Take the scroll, open its seals. Slain! Paying in blood, you bought men and women, Bought them back from all over the earth, Bought them back for God. 10 Then you made them a Kingdom, Priests for our God, Priest-kings to rule over the earth.” (Revelation 5:6-10 MSG)

In John’s vision of the ultimate glory of God’s throne and of pure worship in heaven, a new scene unfolds. John saw a once-slain Lamb perform a feat that no one else in heaven, earth, or the underworld could accomplish. This act released an outpouring of worship and honor that came from every corner of the universe. Amazing! Amazing that a helpless, innocent, defenseless lamb could accomplish what fierce lions, raging bulls, trumpeting elephants, and even super-powerful angels could not do.

Jesus’ victory over sin did not lie in his super-powers or in the force of his personality or will. It was accomplished by humility, submission, and sacrifice. Jesus did not draw on the resources that heaven made available to him, but submitted to indignity and injustice to defeat sin at its root.

If the Lion had not been willing to be the Lamb, we would still be under the crushing weight of our sin and hopelessness. If Jesus had used heaven’s power to avoid the injustice of the cross, or if Jesus had used the strength of his personality and wisdom to escape the death sentence, or if Jesus had left Jerusalem instead of submitting his will to the Father that night in the Olive Garden, I’d be dead.

Prayer:

Father, I want to be a man of faith and to use that faith to accomplish significant things for you. I also want to submit to every part of your will and plan. Help me to know the times for lion-faith and the times for lamb-submission. Help me to have the strength to boldly exercise faith and the greater strength to simply stand. By your grace. Amen.

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