Monday, February 22, 2010

Worthy is the Lamb

"Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth." (Rev. 5:9-10)

"Given the worthiness of the Lamb who was slain, the new song commemorates Christ’s victory over sin and death and the inauguration of the new creation. The words of the hymn clearly express this. Jesus has died for his chosen ones and in doing so purchased a people from every tribe, language, people and nation. The king is vested with an everlasting kingdom which extends to the ends of the earth and encompasses his elect from every nation. Because Jesus has
conquered death and the grave, all of his people participate in his kingdom rule by virtue of the new creation, specifically the new birth in Christ, which John will later call 'the first resurrection.' All those who are Christ’s are said to reign with him because death has no hold upon them." (Kim Riddlebarger)

Are you focused on heaven? Better yet, are focused on the cross? What an exciting reality to know one day, without sin, we will worship the Lamb who was slain for our redemption. But we must enjoy the tastes of this future reality while here on earth. If heaven is cross focused then our time here on earth ought to be cross focused. Join in the chorus: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain."

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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