Saturday, December 20, 2014


There is a question near the end of the bible that fascinates me.  It's a leading question that is answered in the verses that follow it, but it's asked to illuminate our core problem, our most basic need and the ultimate solution.  Here is the question,

"Who is worthy....?"

The question at the heart of it is this...who really qualifies to approach God, to be worthy of life, of all that God offers, and the answer was one was worthy.  

As the story unfolds the author is in tears to realize no one, not one, was worthy...not one had qualified...but then an angel stops him and says, "Wait, there is one...." 

And here is one of the most inspiring, amazing and profound passages in all of the bible, and with the words that follow I close my mouth, silence the keyboard and simply worship this amazing one, this worthy one,

 "Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.  He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.  And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.  And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
    and with your blood you purchased for God
    persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
    and they will reign on the earth.”
 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.  In a loud voice they were saying:
“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,
for ever and ever!”
 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped."  -Revelation 5

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