We will be pondering the passages from Revelation 5 today. The scene of course is in heaven. In the right hand of The Father Who is seated on His throne, there is a sealed book (Revelation 5:1). Not only has the unfolding of the rest of the book of Revelation, but in fact the eternal destiny of all humanity hinged upon one being worthy to open that book (Revelation 5:2). John weeps over the thought, but then is told not to weep, for there is One Who has prevailed to open the book and loose the seals thereof, and that One is described as, “The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David” (Revelation 5:4,5). That of course is reference to The Lord Jesus Christ, the slain, but resurrected and glorified Lamb of God (Revelation 5:6).
For those who believe that Jesus is not God, I’d like to point out here that they are confronted with a huge problem in this chapter. For here in heaven, Jesus is not only exalted as being worthy (Revelation 5:12), but He is given equal adoration with The Father (Revelation 5:13), which is blasphemous unless Jesus Christ is God, which He is (John 1:1,14; 1 Timothy 3:16; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:16-19, 2:9).
The new song in heaven read about here is, among other things, a song of redemption (Revelation 5:9). Learn the words, saints, for one day you and I will be singing along with that heavenly choir (John 14:1-3; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8)! Observe that some of the words which are sung are, “You… have redeemed us to God by Your blood”. Beloved, we are redeemed (bought out of slavery, our sin debt paid) by the blood of The Lamb (Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14), and this is according to the riches of God’s glorious grace for sinners (Romans 5:6-10). We are now propitiated (reconciled) and justified (declared righteous) in the sight of God through faith in the blood of Christ, shed on Mount Calvary (Romans 3:25, 5:9). God Himself has purchased His Church with the blood of His Son Jesus Christ (Acts 20:28). We who one time were far from God, “have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13). We are now reconciled and at peace with God because of the shed blood of Jesus (Colossians 1:20).
Reader, have you trodden under your feet the blood of Jesus as the only means of forgiveness (Hebrews 10:29), or have you been cleansed by grace through faith in the blood of Jesus Christ(1 John 1:7,9)?