“Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?’ And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, ‘Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’ And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb…
“And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb… And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.’
“Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!’ And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!’” Revelation 5:1-14
Unfinished plans, unmet longing, disappointment, in the human experience can bring weeping of soul. “He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” We groan in misunderstanding, lack of context, limited perspective, seeing in a mirror dimly. The yearning God places inside us that in this world is unsatisfied reminds us we were made for something higher, better, eternal. John’s vision here shows the swallowing up of his sorrow by a glorious host of worshipers, consumed in praise to the victorious Lion of Judah seen as the worthy Lamb. (Ecclesiastes 3:11; Romans 8:22-23; 1 Corinthians 13:12)
In our confusion, our heartbreak, our grief at lost loved ones and broken relationships and lives, do we hear the call? Weep no more! Behold the Lamb! He bore the brokenness, the sorrow, the emptiness, the painful fallout from all our sin on the cross and ransomed us! He conquered death and reigns over all that has been and is and ever will be! He is worthy to receive all glory and honor and blessing and praise!
Oh Lord, lift my eyes from all that pulls downward to behold You, the Lamb that was slain and is seated alive on the throne. “Finish then Thy new creation; pure and spotless let us be. Let us see Thy great salvation perfectly restored in Thee. Changed from glory into glory, till in heav’n we take our place, till we cast our crowns before Thee, lost in wonder, love, and praise.” (Charles Wesley, 1747)