Day 29: January 29, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

Revelation 5:8-14
8 When He took the scroll, the four living creatures and the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because You were slaughtered, and You redeemed people for God by Your blood from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10 You made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they will reign on the earth. 11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels around the throne, and also of the living creatures and of the elders. Their number was countless thousands, plus thousands of thousands. 12 They said with a loud voice: The Lamb who was slaughtered is worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing! 13 I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, on the sea, and everything in them say: Blessing and honor and glory and dominion to the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever! 14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

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The Lamb is Worthy
by Cliff Duren, Music & Worship Associate Minister, Brentwood Campus

We’re living in a culture that prefers no absolutes. The word “truth” continues to lose its value as so many don’t believe it exists. For this reason, there is more hostility towards Christians than ever before. The lost world has tied the words “truth” and “intolerance” together and interprets them as meaning the same thing.

Don’t ever feel like you’re being close-minded when you make an absolute statement based on God’s Word. Christians know the truth. That is not an arrogant statement. It is a confident statement—a confidence that is not man-made. We can be confident because of a perfect God and His perfect, infallible Word to us—not to mention the innumerable amount of evidence all around us in creation and the evidence in our own hearts and lives as a result of the Holy Spirit living and dwelling in us!

With that said, here is an absolute statement based on our text today: There is only One worthy of our worship. He is Jesus, the Lamb who was slain.

Verse 8 describes a beautiful picture of the Church in worship. They’re holding harps, which were used to accompany songs as well as prophecies. The harp represents the fulfillment of all that the prophets had spoken…a symbol that everything God said would come to pass has indeed come to pass. In other words, it is a symbol of truth.

In verse 9, the Church sings a new song at the feet of Jesus. This song lists reasons why the Lamb is worthy. You won’t find a list like this attached to anyone else’s name. Only Christ. There is no competitor in all of history or eternity who could fulfill the lyrics to this song.

“By Your blood You ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.”

Christ the Lamb. Not just any lamb—but a perfect Lamb. Blameless. Spotless. Perfect. His blood isn’t only perfect, it’s also without boundary. It reaches to any soul willing to confess Christ as Lord. Peter describes Christ as being “patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9b).

Verse 10 goes on to say, “You have made them a kingdom of priests to our God.” You may not think of yourself as a priest, but if you belong to Christ, that’s exactly what you are! As priests, believers have the right to enter God’s presence. Who else could grant us that privilege? Who else has the authority to make us the most extravagant of offers? Only Christ—only the perfect Son of God.

Verses 11-12 are some of the most exciting to me in all of Scripture. If you ever feel isolated in your Christian walk or alone in your worship of the one true God, take a moment and reflect on these verses. Be reminded of the “myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands” of angels lifting their voices in worship.

If that’s not enough, remember that the angels are joined in worship by “every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them.” It’s an absolute truth that one day every knee will bow…and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:10-11). As you worship, you can rest in the truth that all of creation will one day join you.

Praxis

Take a moment and write down the seven attributes ascribed to Christ by all of creation in verse 12. I would also recommend memorizing the entire verse. There will never be a moment in all of eternity without Christ on the throne.


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Today's devotional series accompanies the Spiritual Practices Foundations Curriculum which deals with 24 different spiritual disciplines. We will break for an Advent series in December and continue the second half of Spiritual Practices during the first quarter of 2015.