Scripture: Rev 4-5
I. The Creator of All Things
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (Revelation 4:11)
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:3)
16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:16–17)
yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. (1 Corinthians 8:6)
but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. (Hebrews 1:2)
Jesus is the agent of creation, while at the same time He is the goal of creation.
As our Creator, He is worthy of our worship and adoration.
II. The Crucified Christ
5 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.” 6 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... (Revelation 5:5–6a)
The "Lion of Judah” describes the Messiah Jesus Christ as someone who is almighty, full of the power and the majesty of God. However, John does not see the lion, but a lamb. Instead of ἀμνός (amnos) meaning the year-old, sacrificial lamb, John uses the word ἀρνίον (arnion) meaning little lamb.
This is our Jesus who gave up His life - His sinless, guiltless, perfect life - and died in our place for our sins. He died so that we can live forevermore. He is Worthy Of All because our lives were bought by His blood.
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.(1 Corinthians 6:19–20)
III. The Conquering King
9 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. 10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” (Rev. 5:9-10)
5 … See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. …” (Revelation 5:5b)
- νικάω (nikaō) - to win in the face of obstacles, to overcome, to prevail, to be victorious
6 … The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. (Revelation 5:6b)
- Omnipotence and Omniscience, All-Powerful and All-Knowing
We are not following a dead God, we are following a risen, mighty, and conquering King that will rule forever and ever and ever and ever!
11 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. 12 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!” 13 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!” (Rev 5:11-13)
We will worship in eternity forever, but what about today?
Worship is not about the singing, or the posture of lifted hands or kneeling. Worship is the dedication of our very life from start to finish to the only One Who is Worthy.
Let us set our priorities right; give God the first place in our lives and do all things not for what is best for ourselves but for what God says is best.