Scripture: Revelation 5:1-10
Key verse: (2) “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”
Reflection: Who is wise enough to solve the problems of our day? Who is strong enough to overcome challenges and obstacles never before defeated? Who is innovative enough to stay ahead of changing times and trends? I don’t have to tell you that we are just about one year away from the next presidential election. Wherever you stand politically, we have a tendency of putting all of our hopes in one person, thinking that our candidate will somehow be the one to solve all of the problems that no one else has yet been able to figure out.
The author of Revelation, through grand vision and metaphor, paints a picture of a world in waiting, waiting for someone to come and solve all of the problems that no one else has been able to figure out. After many attempts, it seemed as though no one would be able to open the scroll, no one would be able to solve the problems that weighed upon the people. But then appeared the great lion, from the royal line of David. Surely this one, strong and powerful would be the one! But as we turn our attention in the text to see the lion, what we see is not a pretty sight, we see a slaughtered lamb. And yet, it is this one, the mighty lion turned slaughtered lamb that is worthy to open the scroll.
Beloved, may we not place our hopes in empty promises, may we not look for solutions among those unable to satisfy our needs. For in Christ we see the strong made weak, the proud made humble, the wise made foolish. And the mighty one who rules all nations is the slaughtered lamb, bloodied from enduring our suffering for us that we may live.
Prayer: Sovereign God, we give you thanks for your Son Jesus, our Lord, who is bringing about his kingdom of peace through the gentleness of a lamb. Calm our hearts, O God, that we may neither be too excitable nor find ourselves in despair with all of the issues of the day. Grant that we may place our hope in you who brings together people of every nation in peace. Amen.
Author: John Magnuson
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].