Updated: Jun 25, 2020
"And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, 'Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?' And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it" (Rev. 5:2-4).
I find it easy to weep at the inhumanity and injustice in the world we live in. I find it easy to weep at the gift of life given to us by God, that is so often taken for granted, when life can be gone before our very next breath. It is true, oh Lord, you are coming soon, but I find it easy to weep at the evil in the hearts of humanity until you do.
"And one of the elders said to me, "Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Rood of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals" (Rev. 5:5). Praise the name of Jesus; we are assured of a day coming when we can stop weeping! John was given a vision of heaven, to witness the victorious Lion of the tribe of Judah take the sealed scroll. Jesus was and is the only one worthy to open it. When John looked again, the Lion was the Lamb looking as if it had been slain.
The opening of the seals on the scroll usher in the end of man's kingdoms, followed by the reign of Christ. All inhumanity and injustice will be stopped! The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the seas (Isaiah 11:9)
"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. 5:9-10)"
Jesus is worthy, because He willingly shed His blood to ransom people for God from every tribe, language, ethnicity, and country (v. 9). This is worth repeating! Jesus, the Son of the Living God, died for every tribe, language, ethnicity, and country, while humanity has arrogantly elevated themselves to a place believing each can judge the value of another based on race. Again I find it easy to weep. But there is a day coming when weeping is no more because a Lion is coming! The city of God, New Jerusalem, will certainly be a place of unity in diversity. However, these people whom the Lamb has redeemed will not remain in the city playing harps. They will be out among humankind as the priestly rulers of the earth (v. 10). Finally, the world will have godly leaders who have no selfish motivations. As priests, their every decision will be to show the justice and righteousness of God, while also demonstrating His grace and love toward all. This is the true justice and love of the Lion and the Lamb!
Let us consider deeply that when Jesus reigns, His body, which is the church, will help the world to know how good Jesus is. We won't be sitting around twiddling our thumbs. But first, Jesus must finish what He started in you and me. How is that coming along in your life? Jesus wept as Lazarus lay dead, not because of Lazarus, but because of those hurting as a result of Lazarus' death. Jesus knew He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead.
Oh Lord, we as Christians are assured of a day when we will no longer weep. But until then, let us be moved with compassion for others who don't have this assurance. Let us have a sense of weeping on the inside for so many who don't know you. Empower us, oh God, to leave no one behind! As we are moved with compassion, let that movement lead us toward the lost and unsaved; so, on the day you come again, no one can say to us, "why didn't you tell me?" Rather, not one is left behind, and every tribe and language and people and nation will be together in your Kingdom... in unity once and for all!