The Book of Revelation: Chapter 5
Okay, so I actually learned a whole lot from this chapter. I love reading things like this because there is always something that we can learn. Just in case you want to do any in depth research alongside me as we continue to work through the book of Revelation, read the Scripture with a commentary pulled up.
Something that really stuck out to me in this chapter is that Jesus is portrayed as a lamb while being called the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Here is what struck me about it. Truly powerful people don’t have to display their power. If you notice here, Jesus isn’t displaying his power. In fact, he is being portrayed as a little lamb who has the marks of being slain. Granted, the lamb also has 7 horns and 7 eyes. The horns were a symbol of power, and the eyes were a symbol of wisdom. If you remember, 7 is the number of completion, so by having 7 horns and 7 eyes the lamb is being portrayed as all powerful and all knowing. Yet despite that power, Jesus chooses to be portrayed as a lamb. This right here, this power displayed as meekness is the nature of our faith.
God has given you power, power beyond comprehension, power over the evil of this world. But we’re not walking around fighting evil by flying through the air with superstrength are we? That’s because our power comes from the lamb. You are powerful because the Holy Spirit resides in your soul! Whatever evil it is that you are facing you can overcome it! Whatever trial or pain you are enduring, you can overcome it! God has given you the power to do this, don’t give up, don’t give in. Keep fighting, keep loving. Our power is in the lamb.
Pastor Alex Gebert
Crossroads Wesleyan Church