“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.’” (5:5)
Life can be overwhelming. Wars, natural disasters, the judgements in this book feeling familiar… there is plenty to fret about if we forget this verse.
“Has triumphed.” Note the past tense. Jesus, before he breathed his last breath on the cross cried out, “it is finished!” Another glorious usage of past tense.
There’s a temptation to get wrapped up in present circumstances and wonder, “are you the going to make it?” But don’t we know it’s already been made?
Think of all the bold things people do when they know they’ve already won. A team puts in their 2nd and 3rd string. Marty McFly steps off the top of Biff’s tower when he spots the DeLorean hovering below.
Jesus has been handed authority over the whole world, all mankind, including every intimidating world power. This is why Heaven sings:
“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.’” (5:9-10)
He made us a royal priesthood to serve Him and reign with Him. Does this embolden you? Every tribe, language, people and nation. Current world powers and structures are no indicator or reality, kingship, citizenship, dominance or authority. It all belongs (we all belong) to Our King Jesus.
How does this truth affect the way you navigate daily life? What happens in Heaven is true. That’s why we pray, as it is in Heaven.
Lord Jesus, may my heart reflect the truth of Heaven. May I not fear any temporary affliction, keeping my eyes always on Your worthiness to open the scroll.