“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.” Revelation 5:9
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me…” Matthew 28:18
In total honesty, we don’t exactly know what that scroll was that Jesus took from the Father’s hand in Revelation chapter 5. However, I rather like the notion that this is the “Title Deed” of earth, the royal proclamation that Jesus is Lord, the divine decree that establishes Jesus rule upon the earth. But even if it is something else, “Jesus is Lord” continues to be the confession of the Bible and of God’s people.
These two passages, taken together, proclaim the majesty and glory of the God-man Jesus. Jesus has been entrusted with total power, total control over heaven and earth. But makes us think that we can trust him? In this day and age we are so aware of how dictators use their power to keep their people impoverished, why would we think that Jesus is anything other than another deluded tyrant.
Because he was slain, because he was obedient to the will of his Father even to death, because by his blood he atoned for our sin and purchased men for God from every nation under heaven.
Jesus isn’t declared worthy because he is the baddest boy on the block. He isn’t entrusted with power because he eliminated all of his rivals. Jesus is entrusted with complete authority because of his humility and obedience. It is a Law of the Kingdom that, if you want to be great, you must serve humbly and go low. Jesus embodied this to its fullest extent.
Jesus is humble, gentle and meek. He is caring and compassionate. He is patient and understanding, quick to listen and slow to speak. He is also holy, just and righteous. He is obedient to the will of God and uncompromising in his war against our enemy.
I wonder how many leaders in our world fit that description? It certainly doesn’t seem like a group of character traits that our world would put together does it? Jesus is utterly unique. He calls us to give up our own lives and to become like him. This isn’t a recipe for success in the world, it is an invitation to true and authentic living – where the Kingdom Coming is more real than the world around us. Amen.