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Who is Worthy?

Wednesday, November 29th
Who is Worthy?
By: Pastor Melissa

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” 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, forever and ever!”(v12-13).

The throne room in heaven is where John finds himself in Revelation 4 and 5. Standing on the outside like an audience member of a show, John is watching the divine dance that is taking place in front of him. “Who is Worthy” asks an angel in a loud voice (v.2), and there is no one in sight. John weeps (v.4). John hears the angel say to him “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.” (v.5). But when John turns to see what he just heard, it is not a lion but a Lamb, “a Lamb that had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders” (v6).

Does this picture sound familiar? The nativities we place under our trees or on our mantles give us a small glimpse of what heaven on earth looks like. All of creation, angels, humans, animals, and the cosmos, are in awe of what has just happened. The Lion of Judah, the Root of David, wrapped in cloths in His mother’s arms. This babe was worthy to be praised. He will later go on to victory but His victory was not seen through power and strength of what some thought the Messiah would bring but through sacrifice. Christ redefines the meaning of power and conquest.

Our response to His salvation? Worship. When the slaughtered Lamb enters the room the entire place erupts with worship. The encounter with Christ leaves no room but to do just that. Worship is nothing less than our response to the Lamb of God who enters into our lives asking for complete allegiance and devotion. Like the angels, elders, and creatures in heaven do we read Scripture, fall down, sing, shout, and give honor and glory, not just on Sunday?
In a posture of worship, God is the center. Nothing of ourselves is seen and our lives are transformed. This is John’s vision that we can choose to participate in every act of worship now that will shape our lives and our history.  

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