The Scroll and the Lamb

The issue today is not so much about equality as about right and wrong.

 

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5 Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Revelation 5:1-5

I wonder why the Apostle John was so anxious to see the many sealed scroll opened. When you see the terrible judgments which came upon the earth as a result of the scrolls opening you would tend to think it would have better stayed closed.

During the entirety of man’s existence He has been on the receiving end of God’s continued blessing in earthly things. While God’s judgments have occurred throughout history by  and large mankind has enjoyed the benevolence which falls on good and bad alike.

Unfortunately God’s goodness, instead of turning the heart of man back to his maker in worship and gratitude, has prompted man to exalt himself and turn further away from his benefactor.

The great sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ for the salvation of as many, who believe, has left most none the better but rather the worse by adding the sin of unbelief to their other sins.

While none of us enjoy the prospect of dire judgment falling on man and creation, it is when we see God’s great mercy and Christ’s salvation rejected that the consequences of sin are seen as inevitable.

Let us pray the many will be awakened to their danger and Flee to Jesus Christ in faith.

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I used to think that if I once told this wondrous story
of “Free Grace and dying love,” everybody would believe it.
But I have long since learned that so hard
is the heart of man that
he will sooner be damned
than be saved by Christ!
Well, you must make your choice, Sirs. You must make your choice
 for yourselves—only do me this one favor when you
have made your choice—do not blame me for having tried to persuade
 you to act more wisely than I fear your choice will be.
from a sermon by C.H. Spurgeon ,”Flee from the Wrath to come”. no 2704.

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Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.Psalm 23:4

From our human perspective we are everyday surrounded by death. Young people may think they are indestructible but they too have car accidents, overdose on alcohol and drugs or are stricken by disease.

Death is a Terror that we all must face.

David in this Psalm may be talking about the great danger of capture and death he faced daily or he may be considering Death itself. Either way he it is the “Shadow” only the shadow of death and darkness he sees before him.

For the believer both Old and New Testament, Christ has removed the sting of Death and Hell, only a scary shadow  remains. It has become nothing more than a door which closes on the things of earth and opens to God th Father’s exalted heavenly presence.

While we may face its earthly terrors, and even these are mitigated by Christ having gone before us and constant nearness to us, it cannot touch us in Heaven.

We notice here that is God’s rod and staff that comfort us. It is the rod that, while it chastises us, also reminds us that God chastises and disciplines those whom he loves. The staff reminds us of the constant support and protection we have as sheep in the “Great Shepherd’s fold”.

Let us be prepared and take comfort from this imperishable hope in Christ.

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The Scroll and the Lamb

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