Reading: Revelation 5:1-5
Chapter five begins with devastating heartbreak.
As John looks on the heavenly throne his eyes catch sight of a scroll (1) in God’s right hand. This scroll is obviously very special. It is described as having seven seals and is written on on both sides – normal scrolls could only be written on one side – due to the alignment of the fibres of papyrus used to make a scroll. A two-sided scroll, sealed in such a magnificent way (seven seals denotes absolute impregnability) denotes a scroll of great worth. John would have identified this scroll as a title deed, an instrument of ownership that could only be opened by the rightful heir or legal redeemer. If the scroll was costly, how much more the contents of the deed?
The Throne of God represents his absolute sovereignty; this scroll represents the title deed of creation, the earth and everything in it: the galaxies and the universe, every life, every person, every thing that ever has existed or ever will.
And no one can open it!
A mighty Angel (2) is there, he may be mighty, but even he is unable to break the seals of the scroll, he proclaims, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” No one is found, and John weeps, in fact he tells us that he howls with tears, because this special inheritance, this inheritance of everything, this title deed, would go unopened.(4)
John experiences utter heartbreak.
Until an elder tells him not to weep, there is one worthy, one who has overcome, who is triumphant. John looks and sees a lion. A powerful lion. A mane, enormous strength, a roar that can be heard for miles. Everything about a lion speaks of regal authority and power and this lion has a name-he is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, a descendant of Jacob’s son, Judah, who was to be a lion in character, he is also the ‘Root of David’, a descendant of King David. He alone is able to to open the seals. We know him, he knows us, we call him Jesus.
Andrew Wilson writes,
It is this authority, with its strength and power, that is suggested by referring to Jesus as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Like a lion, he is untameable, wild, strong, dominant; an alpha male who would still storms and trash Temple tables. Like a lion, you would be confident of him winning any battle, and would be overwhelmed with fear if you ever crossed him. Imagine provoking a lion to a fight, or (worse) trying to attack its offspring. The true Lion King, roaring from Zion and exerting dominion wherever he puts his feet, is a sight to see. But unlike the four-legged versions, who fight and win for a while but eventually die, this Lion has conquered permanently and definitively, and been given ultimate authority—the only one in history who is considered worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.
Over our tears, over our helplessness stands the Lion of the tribe of Judah. He stands protective like a lion over its young and says, “You Shall Not Pass”
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:27)
“Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David has triumphed” (Revelation 5:5)
Father, thank you that today, right now I am held. Thank you that these arms that hold me are stronger than anything else. Jesus thank you that you are stronger than anything else. Thank you that you reign and you rule, that there is nothing I face that we can’t handle together, though it maybe tough, though things may not be easy, I know you will led me through. Lord may I know you close today, may I sense your presence in all I do. Mighty King Jesus. Amen.
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