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                                                                               REVELATION SERMON 3

Sermon Series: Understanding the Book of Revelation

Message Title:  “Worthy is the Lamb”

REVIEW:

First Sermon Series (Chapter 1-3)

ESPTSPL—Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea

Second Sermon Series (Chapter 4)

·       John finds himself in the throne room of God described with Jasper, Sardius, Emerald—sounds of thunder, lightning, etc.

·       He sees  24 elders on 24 thrones/ four living creatures-Cheribum Angels

The primary purpose of the elders and four living creatures was to (worship) and to declare God’s (holiness.) 

Revelaton 4:9-11 (NASB) (show picture of throne/elders/creatures)

9 And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

 

Thrones:

o   Thrones always represent power and sovereignty of the one who sits there.

If you lived in a kingdom with a king sitting on the throne, you would know that nothing happened unless the king said so.

o   Well guess what?  You do live in a kingdom—God’s kingdom—God’s way of doing things as described in His word the Bible. Thy will be done on earth as..

o   And nothing now and nothing in the future will happen outside of His control and command. No matter what happens on earth, God in heaven is in charge of it all.  Amen

Today we’ll be in Revelation 5:1-14

In both chapters 4 and 5, the scene is in heaven:

•   In chapter 4 we experienced the worship of God the Father.

•   In chapter 5 we will experience the worship of Jesus Christ.

 

1.    God is in complete  ______________________(control) of the future

•   Chapter 4 began by focusing our attention upon a throne;

•   Chapter 5 begins by drawing our attention to a scroll.

•   However strong evil becomes, history still rests in God’s hand.

 

Revelation 5:1-4 (NIV)

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.

 

Pause and explain the number 7:

Throughout the bible you will hear of the number seven—

•   God created the heavens and earth in 6 days then on the 7th day he rested

•   What day was set apart as the Sabbath for the Israelites? 7th day

•   How many times did Joshua march around the walls of Jericho? 7

•   In fact how many days do we have in a week?  7

•   As we continue to read Revelation we will see more 7’s.

“Seven” represents:  Completeness, divine perfection, the totality or fullness.

 

The Scroll and Seven Seals: (show picture of scroll)

Line of thought: “What was it for”?

Explain the Scroll—Ask for volunteers

The Scroll described here is said to be similar to a land deed in John’s day. 

And if a person loses the deed to his land, it normally goes to a neutral party (like the elders of the city) until he can pay or fulfill the responsibility of what’s written on the deed.

What happens if he can’t pay it?  Then he is allowed a relative or next of kin known as a kinsman redeemer to fulfill it.  If he still can’t find anyone then the deed stays with the neutral party.

 

Explain the Fall--

When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden that began the fall of mankind.  The so called “deed” to the land, or earth, was turned over to Satan.

And if there was no one to claim back the Scroll (deed) it would remain with Satan forever.

But who showed up as our redeemer?  Who conquered death, sin, hell and the grave? Jesus Christ!

·       Only Christ can carry out God’s final purposes on earth. 

·       So he was the only that could open up the seals to the scroll.

 

Revelation 5:5-6 (NIV)

5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” 6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

•   Jesus Christ will carry out God’s final purposes on earth

Again we see the use of seven being used. 

2.    Horns represented ___________(power), the seven eyes represented Christ’s divine wisdom and discernment seven spirits is God’s ________________(Holy Spirit)

 

Revelation 5:7-9 (NIV)

7 He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. 9 And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.

 

•   Jesus exercises His sovereignty by coming and taking the scroll out of the Father’s right hand.

•   This symbolizes a transfer of authority from the Father to the Son to reveal the future and to execute judgment.

•   John explained that the bowls contained the prayers of God’s people

 

3. Jesus Christ is _________________(worthy) of overwhelming praise.

 

Revelation 5:10-14 (NIV)

10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,

    and they will reign on the earth.”

11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power,for ever and ever!”

14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

 

•   The company of worshippers expands to include all the angels of heaven. And then every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea and all that is in the.

•   Power, Wealth, Wisdom, Strength, Honor, Glory and Praise (7 things)

 

Our passage concludes as the worship culminates in John’s vision with the four creatures saying “Amen” repeatedly

 

Simple Illustration:

A boy once captured two little birds and put them in a cage. A man saw the boy carrying the cage and asked him what he was going to do with the birds. “Oh,” the boy replied, “I’m going to play with them for a while and then feed them to my cat.” The man looked at the caged birds and took pity on them. “Say, I’d like to buy the cage and the birds from you. How much do you want for them?” The boy thought for a minute and then named his price. The man paid it and the boy handed over the cage, after which the man immediately opened the cage and set the birds free.

That’s what Jesus did for us. Satan had us caged and was going to feed us into the jaws of eternal death. But Jesus Christ purchased us, cage and all, and set us free. We’re going to be worshipping Him for all eternity because He paid that price. While we’re on earth let’s start practicing our worship down here instead of waiting to go to heaven..Amen?! Why worship?

 

3 reasons for worshiping

·       He was slain (willingly)

·       He purchased people for God (ransom)

·       He made them to be a kingdom and priests

 

Because truly --- Worthy is the Lamb.

 

 

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