Sunday Morning Podcast Jan 6, 2019. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: REVELATIONS 5:1-9
1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
Worthy Is The Lamb! Nothing can compare in the heavy weight of His value! No philosophy, Nothing in all of earth, heaven, or even the universe! He is heavier than anything we can conceive of. Than any problem, idea, good or bad, nothing can compare in weight! Savior, …He only is worthy to be Savior! None other is, or can be, greater than He! He must be first! Because HE is the Master Builder.
Nothing other, or else, is worthy, because only The Lamb is not created. Nothing else in Heaven is receiving this adoration, but The Lamb. Nothing else can be First! Nothing else has the weight of glory to do what Jesus can do! He is King of Kings! Lord of Lords! Prince of Princes! He can conquer anything! Only the weight of His worthiness ….can receive this adoration! Especially if it involves our spiritual condition, …because He is Savior! And for that reason we can…. because He’s worthy. Because He is Savior! He is worth our commitment, and obedience! None other in heaven is worthy as He is, to be Savior! He confronts all the extra essential things of life, that which makes us feel so worthless, because He is worthy! When we are able to sing “I’m not going to turn back,” ..it is because Jesus is worthy! Those things that have risen to a level in our lives, that tend to dominate our thinking, He conquers, …because He is worthy! When our problems are overwhelming and bigger, He is bigger than that! So don’t be discouraged! The enemy wants to perch on your shoulder, and harp on your perceived shortcomings….but He is worthy to conquer that in your heart! All of us have degrees of unworthiness about ourselves! Paul stated that he was chief of sinners, (or the most unworthy). But He, Jesus the Lamb, is worthy for us! We are not to compare our unworthiness between ourselves, but we are to cast our crowns before Him! Just as they did, because they had been made “right before the blood of the Lamb.” “The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne saying, Thou are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and power: for thou has created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelations 4:10,11 Through the blood of the Lamb only, we can be made right, and to then be able to cast our crowns before Him! If you say “I’m weak,” I stumble, I fall down”…ultimately none of that matters! The weak is not to compare themselves among themselves. The weak is not supposed to compare themselves with the strongest. Because our strength is irrelevant ultimately. Because our righteousness is as filthy rags!
If there is any strength and righteousness about us, it is granted only by the blood of the Lamb, who is worthy! That was slain to receive wisdom, power, riches, strength, honor, glory and blessings! They were no different than you or me. You might say, “oh brother, they were different than me!” But don’t compare yourselves among yourselves the bible teaches us. “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” 2 Corinthians 10:12 They all had quite human characteristics, weak and otherwise, and along the way, were no different than we are! But the only reason they found themselves in that heavenly number, is by having accepted the grace and blood of the Lamb! They accepted they were not worthy, and then accepted the Blood of the Lamb, …and they made Him worthy! So then He becomes our Savior, King of Kings, He’s the One! Not the one among ones, but He is The One! He is the Author of what solves these ultimate concerns that we have. There are problems in life, and then there are ultimate problems, and Jesus Christ can solve these problems, things we can’t fix ourselves ..because He is Worthy! One that is Worthy to take those problems to. He is weightier, mightier, heavier in worthiness than anything else that we can think of! He is the Power for the things we can’t fix. So Jesus is not our “crutch,”…He is our life support!
He Is Worthy!