The Slain, Exalted Lamb
April 17, 2022
We are Christians. We are followers of Jesus Christ. No day on our calendar of worship demonstrates our dependence on Christ more than Easter morning. On this day we affirm we need Him and we will worship Him above all other things and people. But on this day, where will we go to see the exaltedness, the power, the authority of Christ?
- We could go to the OT and the prophecies of His coming (Dt. 18:15), His death and substitutionary atonement (Is. 53), or His second coming and Messianic rule (Zech. 14).
- We could go to the appearance of the incarnate God-Man in His birth (Lk. 2) — what power and humility are demonstrated in the conjoining of manhood to deity, the most singular birth in the history of the world!
- We could go to the cross and the most unique death in history — the only event in human history in which a Man voluntarily gave up His life and controlled the instant of His death (Jn. 19:30).
- We could go to the resurrection and the empty tomb of Christ, what Spurgeon says is the place “where God’s glory is most seen” (Mk. 16:1-8).
These are all worthy passages and topics to consider on Resurrection Morning. Today I want to take you to a different scene — the end of the story in the heavenly scene of the resurrected and ascended Christ in Rev. 5.
This chapter is a continuation of Revelation 4. In these two chapters, we get a glimpse of the heavenly throne of God (17x in chs. 4-5) and see the Triune members of Godhead (Father, Son, and Spirit), the angelic realm, and the redeemed church of Christ. The chapters anticipate the coming judgment of God (beginning in 6:1). And this chapter particularly points to the worthiness of Christ to judge sinners, to redeem sinners, and to be worshipped. Though not stated explicitly, the death and resurrection of Christ is at the center of His worthiness. This heavenly picture is an extension of the work of Christ on Resurrection morning and a reminder to us that when we follow the resurrected Christ we have not wasted our lives.
This heavenly vision of the resurrected and ascended Christ teaches us:
The death and resurrection of Christ reveal His worthiness to redeem, rule, and be revered for all eternity.
In this passage, we observe three heavenly vignettes that demonstrate the exalted worthiness of Christ:
- A Question: “Who is Worthy?” (vv. 1-4)
- A Revelation: “One Who is Worthy.” (vv. 5-8)
- An Exultation: “The One Who is Worthy!” (vv. 9-14)
Download the rest of this sermon on Revelation 5.
The audio will be posted on the GBC website by tomorrow.