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Worship Guide for April 4

April 01, 2021

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Revelation 5:1-14

Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

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. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 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. 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.

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Summary: After a week of contemplating of Jesus as our sin bearer and redeemer, it is with great joy we come to celebrate Easter morning.  Happy Easter.  We find quite a celebration in Revelation chapter 5.  Let me remind you that in 4:1, John has been invited into heaven to see something unique.  Once in heaven, John sees all of creation worshipping God.  Chapter 5 continues this scene but adds a twist. John is still gazing upon God but in this next scene, we see the coronation and worship of Jesus, once slain, but now reigning as the Risen King.  We are given a look into something mysterious and marvelous.  Come with joy and excitement to celebrate Jesus, risen and reigning for God's glory and our good.

Review and Apply

What is the scroll?  
 
Why is John weeping? How do you handle bad news?
 
What is the good news of the elder in your own words (see 5-7)?
 
What are some of the results of this Lion/Lamb conquering?
 
How can you explain Jesus reigning currently but not completely?
 
How does this encourage the church in trial?
 
How ought the worship in heaven be mirrored on earth?
 
How does the worship in these passages challenge or instruct your worship?

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