Then I looked and I heard angels, thousands and millions of them! They stood around the throne, the four living creatures and the elders and sang in a loud voice, “The Lamb who was slain is worthy to receive power, wealth, wisdom and strength, honor, glory and praise.”
And I heard every creature in Heaven, on earth, in the world below and in the sea – all living beings in the universe – and they were singing, “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise, honor, glory and might, forever and ever, through the eternities of eternities.” (Rev.5:11-13)
Can you imagine such a spectacle? What prompted this extreme amount of praise from the realms of Heaven and earth, from every living being in the universe?
John the Beloved, one of Jesus closest disciples, was now an old man exiled for his faith on the Isle of Patmos. In this prophetic encounter he is taken into Heaven and sees the Father on His throne. In the hand of the Father is a scroll covered with writings on both sides and sealed with seven seals. Reading further into the book of Revelation shows us that this scroll was filled with the judgments of God which are to come upon the earth. “And I saw a mighty angel who announced in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” (Rev.5:2)
Who can the Father entrust with the power to judge the earth? Who is worthy? A search began throughout all of Heaven and earth. It could not be an angel. It had to be a man from the earth in order to be just. All the saints passed by in review. Abraham – the father of our faith, Moses – the friend of God, David – the warrior and worshipper, Paul – the great apostle. But no! None was found worthy for all have gone astray. (Isa.53:6, Rom.3:10) It had to be a spotless one. But “no one in Heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or take a single look at its contents. And I wept audibly and bitterly.” (Rev.5:3,4 Amp.)
And finally, in the midst of the throne and the four living creatures and the elders, there stood a Lamb who had been slain. (Rev.5:6) He is the man, Christ Jesus and He is God, the only one found worthy in all of Heaven or earth. And He came and took the scroll from the hand of the One sitting on the throne, from the hand of His Father. (Rev. 5:7)
When this was accomplished it brought an immediate response from all those in Heaven who fell down before the Lamb crying, “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals for You were slain and with Your blood You purchased men unto God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” (Rev.5:9)
This is why we love Him. This is why we trust Him. This is why He is worthy to judge us and judge the earth – because He died for us and poured Himself out for us. His judgments are just and true. He drank the cup and tasted death. He received the wrath of God in our place and now He is worthy to administrate the Father’s wrath. He is acquainted with our grief. He is the suffering King who gave up His glory to bring us back to God. This is why we love Him. This is why we trust Him, because we know Him and we know His heart.
Sometimes the very questions we ask reveal our lack of real knowledge of who He is. I still hear people ask questions like, “Why should we worship God? What does He get from our praise?” An appropriate response to that question might be, “Have you seen Him? Do you know Him?” I am not simply speaking of prophetic experiences where we may see Him face to face in the natural realm. These are available to us, of course. (See previous posts on this blog under “On-ramps into Heavenly realms”) But I am speaking of seeing Him and knowing Him in the Spirit – in our spirit, inside our hearts. God is, after all, a Spirit … and we must learn to worship in Spirit in order to really experience and know Him deeply. (John 4:24) Those who really know Him intimately will have no need for such inappropriate questions.
The bride in the Song of Solomon was faced with the same questions from the maidens who asked her, “What is your beloved more than another?” (v. 5:9) By the time she finishes describing Him (v. 10-16) the maidens have been won over by her love for Him. Their response now is,” Where is your beloved hiding himself? For we would seek Him with you!” When we lift Him up, all may be drawn to Him. (John 12:32)
There was only one found worthy in Heaven, on the earth or in any realm. He is the Lamb of God who was slain and by Him all things consist and are held together. (Col.1:17) How could we not love the One who gave all for us? How could we not give our lives to Him so that He may receive the reward of His suffering?
He alone is worthy of it all.