Saturday, 21 April 2012

Worthy is the Lamb

It's not very often I sing in a choir. But last week was one of those occasions ...

It was the last evening of the Easter conference of Child Evangelism Fellowship of Ireland. Our choir sang a beautiful song about the cross of Jesus Christ and why we as Christians remember and rejoice in Christ's death and resurrection. Here is a video of us singing followed by the lyrics:

Thank you for the cross Lord
Thank you for the price You paid
Bearing all my sin and shame
In love You came
And gave amazing grace
Thank you for this love Lord
Thank you for your nail pierced hands
Washed me in Your cleansing flow
Now all I know
Your forgiveness and embrace
Worthy is the Lamb
Seated on the throne
Crown You now with many crowns
You reign victorious
High and lifted up
Jesus Son of God
The darling of Heaven crucified
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb

The words of this song, which are based on Scripture passages from the book of Revelation, state that Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, is worthy. There are many reasons why the Lord Jesus Christ is worthy, but two reasons stand out in the book of Revelation.

Jesus Christ is worthy because He is the Creator of all things.

At the end of the fourth chapter of Revelation, we read the following:
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation 4:11)

In his gospel, the apostle John tells us about Jesus:
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:3)

And in Paul's letter to the Colossians we read:

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him (Colossians 1:16)

So that is one reason why Jesus Christ is worthy. He created everything - the whole universe and everything in it, including everything on the earth, and including you and me. And not only were all things created by Jesus, everything was also created for Jesus and for His pleasure.

But there is an even greater reason why the Lord Jesus is worthy...

Jesus Christ is worthy because He is the Lamb of God who was slain to redeem His people.

In the fifth chapter of Revelation we read:
And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, ... 
And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:6-10)

Jesus Christ came to earth as the Lamb of God and was slain for the sins of the world when He died on the cross. It is only through this price that He paid - the blood He shed on the cross - that those who trust in Him are redeemed and forgiven. This truly is amazing grace - that the righteous and holy Son of God would become the Lamb of God to die in our place so that we could be forgiven and reconciled to God!

Having considered these two reasons why the Lord Jesus Christ is worthy, we are left with one question: What is Jesus Christ worthy of?

The answer is given at the end of the fifth chapter of Revelation:
And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. (Revelation 5:11-13)
Jesus Christ is worthy to receive power. He will have and already has all power:
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." (Matthew 28:18)
Jesus Christ is worthy to receive riches. He will have and already has all riches:
"... that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ." (Ephesians 3:8b)
Jesus Christ is worthy to receive wisdom. He will have and already has all wisdom:
"Christ; in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (Colossians 2:2b-3)

Jesus Christ is worthy to receive strength. He will have and already has all strength:
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Jesus Christ is worthy to receive honour. He will have and already has all honour:
"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour..." (Hebrews 2:9a)

Jesus Christ is worthy to receive glory. He will have and already has all glory:
"Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world." (John 17:24)

Jesus Christ is worthy to receive blessing. He will have and already has all blessing:
"... Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen." (Romans 9:5b)

Will you give Jesus what already belongs to Him?

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