A Short Study of Revelation 5:12
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”
John saw the Lord Jesus Christ as the Lamb slain; as the Lamb in the midst of the throne; as the Lion prevailing; as the Root of David; as the exalted sovereign of all; and everlasting.
What John saw concerning him is far beyond our full comprehension, yet there is one thing that our Lord God has made a living reality and embraceable to the believing heart — worthy is the lamb!
John said in another place, “he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear.”
The worthiness of the Lord Jesus Christ renders our best as the epitome of unworthiness. The twenty-four elders fell down and worshipped Him, and in essence, said, “We are not worthy, you alone are worthy of all honour and praise and glory.” Every believing heart echoes this song of the glorified church; WORTHY IS THE LAMB!
The Lord Jesus Christ is worthy because of who He is —
HE IS THE ALMIGHTY!
HE IS THE ANCIENT OF DAYS!
HE IS THE THRICE HOLY GOD!
God’s holy character and all His glorious attributes are embodied in Christ’s infinite being. The pen of the acclaimed scribe cannot even begin to describe his majesty and greatness. The tongue of the greatest orator must stand speechless when called upon to tell out all his worth.
He is worthy because He is the God-man!
He is sinless perfection in the flesh!
He is righteous!
He is holy!
He is undefiled!
He is separate from sinners!
He ALONE, the Son of God, the Son of man, is worthy of worship. He was made sin and put away sin without sinning! (Philippians 2:7-11).
Therefore, He is worthy because of what He accomplished. Only He could obtain eternal redemption for the elect of God.
Perfect God — Perfect man — Perfect salvation for unworthy sinners!
The child of God esteems Him worthy because He loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 1:5-6).
May we never forget WHO He is.
If we remember who He is we will never forget who we are.
In the incandescent light of these two infinite realities we will cry from our hearts, WORTHY IS THE LAMB!
By Tommy Robbins