In my reawakening to the book of Revelation I remembered an old blog post. Thought I would put it up again. I stirred me.
The weeping of John
John wept bitterly. He saw the earth unredeemed and with no redeemer to be found, and he wept. He saw the future of the world in the hand of the father and there was no one worthy to open it. So John wept. He saw the promises of God wrapped up in the sin and brokenness of man with no hope of release. He saw prophecies of old left to rot and he wept. He saw the groaning of creation for the revelation of the sons of God going unanswered and he wept. He saw his own destiny tightly bound and completely out of his reach and he wept. He saw the calling and anointing of the church, the glorious bride, unrealized, untouched, not even believed and at this John wept. John wept bitterly.
Rev 5:1 - 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. 2And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?" 3But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.
He weeps still. Pastors, laymen, intercessors and Sunday school teachers weep the tears of John. The tears of lost dreams and disillusionment. Tears of disappointment and confusion. Tears springing from lives disassembled and broken. Weeping arising from the shattered fragments of promises that died long ago. The mourning of all that life was supposed to be and never will. John still weeps.
Is there no redeemer? No one to save us? No one to pay our debts? No soothing mercy to calm this burning justice? All of Heaven and all of Earth has been searched and all of Hell, still there is no hope.
What is he saying?
Can it be?
The lion? I only see a lamb!
The root? I only see a branch!
Triumph? I only see defeat and death!
But there in his hand He holds the scroll...
It can't be true!
He is worthy? He is able?
The scars! He has paid the price! The unpayable price! Why?
Oh He is about to open it!
My future, my plans, my dreams, my promises! They are all there in His hands
The hands of the lamb!
All that I care about all that makes life worth living it is there! In the pierced hands of that man!
But why would he do that for me?
Oh John stop weeping! OH JOHN! He is alive
My redeemer........................He LIVES!!!!!!
He has triumphed
He is WORTHY!!!!
WORTHY IS THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN!!!!!
Worthy to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!
ForEVER FOREVER FOREVER!!!!!!!
5Then 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."
6Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits[a] of God sent out into all the earth. 7He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9And they sang a new song:
"You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased men for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth."
11Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12In a loud voice they sang:
"Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!"
13Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:
"To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!" 14The four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and worshiped.