Saturday, May 11, 2013
Martyrdom is our scene in this passage. Utter devotion to the lamb of God has caused this multitude to die for their faith. Their blood has been spilled at the hands of sinners ------ and now the blood of the lamb has washed them clean. This scene of the martyrs seems so different then Christianity in America. The real question for us is ------ does it feel different because we have sold ourselves out to a culture that opposes Christianity? or is this what a time of peace for Christians is to look like? The answer to these questions is the one that I struggle with in the 21st century. I am afraid that the first question is the one that more represents our situation.
Come Lord Jesus, Come! Make things right in this world!
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
What a awesome glimpse that we are given the pleasure to behold ------- a glimpse into the very throne room of God. Christopher C. Rowland comments on this passage by saying: "The identification of Christ with the lamb, made throughout the book, suggests that an act of witness, at great cost, has turned the world upside down. The victim is shown to be in the right, and the demonstration of that witness shakes the fabric of the cosmos and its institutions to the core." In the slaughtered lamb we see Jesus ----- the one who is the conqueror of death and the grave!
Jesus is the one who is worthy to unseal the scroll ------ but with this unsealing there is a shaking of the entire universe. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken. True authority and power is found in the one who conquered by giving of his own life. This shakes our systems and institutions to the core ------ for we see the slaughtered lamb ------ who overcame the world through love. Now, we can do nothing else then sing of this great love that is found in Jesus Christ!