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.” -Revelation 5:4-5 ESV
What a glorious moment! IMAGINE: And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 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, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” (Rev 5:8-10) it is SURREAL, that is why we say, “I can only imagine”! What will that day be like when you MEET JESUS FACE TO FACE?! So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. (Matt 10:32-33)
Leader, is this how you LIVE YOUR LIFE? There is only ONE worthy of your time, your sacrifice, your purpose and focus on this earth- Jesus! The great plan of salvation, the means by which we are reconciled to God is initiated and completed by CHRIST! Wherever the language of reconciliation is found in the New Testament, God is always the DRIVER, the INITITIATER of the reconciling activity. There is no hint ever in the Scripture, that Jesus Christ is the gracious one who must somehow overcome unwillingness on God’s part to be reconciled with sinful humanity. It isn’t that God is reluctant, and Jesus is pleading. It is God Himself who initiates and effects the reconciliation through Christ. This is the incredible reality of the gospel. He alone is WORTHY OF OUR PRAISE because He is the AUTHOR and PERFECTOR of our faith! (Hebrews 12:2)
Conduit, Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:11-12) That is why ONE DAY, SOON: for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. (Romans 14:11-12) Paul is RE-MEMBERING what Jesus told HIM. Jesus is restating what HE told the prophet Isaiah, hundreds of years prior, see Isaiah 45:23-24! What are you investing your precious commodity called TIME in, on this journey? Each of us has a BANK that credits your account each morning with 86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening it deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. We can call that BANK, TIME, or we can cut out the middle man and call it CHRIST! If the PAYOFF is CHRIST and the REWARDER of the BREATHREN, IS CHRIST- THE TIME IS NOW to make JESUS the CENTER of YOUR UNIVERSE, the REASON for your SEASON- the GREAT I AM! Don’t wait for the great REVELATION, the TIME IS NOW, focus on CHRIST!