Revelation 5:6–14 (ESV)
6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing,
as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll,
the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and
by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made
them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures
and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”
13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
Notice that between the throne and the four living creatures is a Lamb! You got
it! Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! Notice the scriptures says “I saw a lamb standing, as though it had been slain...” The Lamb has been slain, but it iiissssss aaalllliiiivvvveeeee! Not Frankenstein,
but Jesus Christ! The Lamb was slain on the cross for you, but God the Father raised up that Lamb through the resurrection! That is why the Lamb is standing, because it is alive!
Why a lamb?
My first response is "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." But you need to dig deeper and go back to the Passover in the Old Testament where a lamb was slain and the blood was spread over the door post of the doors. If you did not
have the blood on the door post of your house, the first born males died, if you did have the blood of the lamb on your door posts, your first born males were saved by the blood of the lamb. The Lamb has deep Passover roots, every year, you were to take
a paschal lamb to Jerusalem to be sacrificed for the forgiveness of sins. Well Jesus IS the Paschal Lamb that was slain for all the sins of the world. This is cool! Notice the artwork
that shows a standing lamb with blood pouring out into the chalice. There is a lot of theology in that picture!
I’m not going to write a lot about this section because I want you to meditate on
the words of the songs that are being sung. Go back and read the words of the songs. Meditate on them. This is worship! This is praise! I pray: Lord, let my worship and praise come from my heart to you. Your
Son was slain for my sins and I am sorry I have sinned and forever thankful for your forgiveness. May we all sing “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be lessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever! Amen.