1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
John is alone, sobbing uncontrollably and at his wits end believing everything he understood or believed in was now for naught. He was in a word…HOPELESS!
The reason is God initially gave dominion and the title deed to earth to Adam. Eve was deceived by Satan who lied to her and said if she ate of the ONLY tree (temptation), she was told not to eat from then she “would be like God.” Satan failed to tell He she would be under Satan who really wanted to “be like the most high God.”
Satan always lies to you and me and conveniently forgets to tell us we will actually be forever in bondage to our sin and Satan and never in fact be like God. Our sin creates death…in finances, relationships, opportunities, calling and intimacy with God among other things.
John was sobbing because no one could be found to reclaim the title deed to planet earth after Adam transgressed and gave up the title deed to Satan in the Garden. Until…
He saw the slain lamb…Jesus…whose sacrifice on the cross defeated sin, death and Satan. When people ask the question, “why does a so called good God allow so much suffering and pain?” The answer is, it is not God, but Satan who now has title deed to planet earth for a season. It is evil incarnate in Satan who creates death, despair and destruction.
God’s plan initially was perfection. He had to allow for freedom of choice for Adam and Eve otherwise there would not be free will and the ability to choose life or death. It was the Consequences of Adams sin that has lead to a world badly damaged and in such great pain.
The remedy as John is about to find out, is Jesus. Only Jesus can redeem a fallen world. Only Jesus’ sacrifice paid the price to redeem or buy back the title deed to planet earth. Only Jesus can comfort and encourage you. Only Jesus can save you.
Here is a prayer to help us all today:
“Jesus, please help me, please guide me, please love me. Jesus, I am saved and I am asking for deep and intimate encouragement today for me and those I love.”
“Jesus, I need to be saved and know I am going to heaven. Please forgive me of my sins, help me grow in You and be my Savior all the days of my life, amen.”
Look for Jesus to bless and encourage you today! The victory is ours as we move from faith to faith.
“Before the throne was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne , were four living creatures full of eyes in front and back.”
Here we go:
1. The throne is God’s throne…it is set…permanent, unmovable, unflappable and reliable and consistent for you and your life. It represents God’s sovereignty. He has your life well in control!
2. The sea of glass is His Peace. Do you have His peace today? He is available to simply say to the winds and waves in your life…”peace be still.” Will you ask Him? Then, let’s just lay down next to the sea of glass and let God be God in our lives. So much better that way 🙏😉
3. 4 living creatures represent the four Gospels among other things but for us today the eyes everywhere speak of God’s omniscience. He sees everything and can handle all your needs and concerns today.
“Lord, please help each of us simply know your are sovereign, so all my needs and issues are under your control, I am asking for your PEACE, and please keep me alert to all I need to be alert to as your eyes go to and fro across all the earth seeking one, just one person who will be found faithful to the Lord. Please let that person today be me, amen.”
Guess what!? You are…IF ANY MAN! Jesus is extending a very personal and intimate invitation for each of us to choose to, or not to join him for deep fellowship and intimacy.
What makes you pause when you hear an open invitation like this?
1. Do you think it is a trick?
2. What is the “catch?”
3. Have you been hurt or “burned ” before and have a hard time trusting?
4. Don’t have time?
5. Doubt, and unbelief enter in because your fear of being let down is as great as your fear it really could be a GREAT thing …but then you would be forced to grow and change some more…again.
Not sure why we don’t just jump at this invitation…it is exactly where we are in our reading…why do we pause? What would the fruit be if we just OPENED THE DOOR?
Hmmm…seems like the choice is obvious…
“Jesus, in each of our lives this invitation to the OPEN DOOR of intimacy with you is available. Help us today to…slow down…be still and know you are God…and allow the work of your Spirit to simply allow us to rest in your arms “like a weaned child.” It is here…responding to Your invitation Lord, that true rest, peace and grace enfold us as we Sup with the “Bread of Life.”