Devotional – Revelation 5

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,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”

11 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, 12 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!”

13 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!”

The center of all of God’s work, the one point in time that everything either looks forward to it or looks back to reflect upon it, the culmination of all that God has been, is now and will do to glorify himself is the cross of Christ. The Scriptures speak of Christ being the lamb slain from before the foundations of the earth and here in the book of Revelation we see that all those in heaven are singing God’s praises and the theme of their praise is about the Lamb who was slain. For all of eternity we will revel in God’s salvation through the death of Jesus Christ who suffered and died for our sins. If the cross of Christ will be at the heart of our worship of him for all of eternity how much more should it be the heart of our worship here on earth, but not just the heart of our worship, it should be at the heart of our lives. The work of Christ on the cross to bring us salvation, or the gospel for short, should have an effect on the way we work, the way we play, the way we have conversations, the way we raise our kids or grandkids, the gospel should inform us and affect all areas of our lives. It’s going to do that for all of eternity, why not get started now and focus our attention on the one who is worthy – the Lamb slain and then let that truth work its way through our heart, our mind, our soul and out in our lives.

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