#DailyDevotion All Glory, Blessing, Honor, & Might To Jesus

#DailyDevotion All Glory, Blessing, Honor, & Might To Jesus

Rev 5:8-14  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.

They sang a new song. What was the old song? Rev 4:11  “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” They sang praise to God. But now the new song they sing praise to the Lamb. To give praise and honor to the Lamb is to give praise to God as well, as the Lamb also is God and Lord. But  the Lamb is God and Lord incarnate.

Note that when we praise God and/or Jesus we tell of his mighty deeds. We don’t just shout, “Allelujah!” Now for what do they praise the Lamb? First they ascribe to him being worthy to open the seal. Jesus is the only one who is good. He alone perfectly obeyed the Father’s will in everything and in every way. It was the Father’s will that this innocent Lamb be slain. Jesus willingly submitted to the Father’s will in trust and obedience to suffer, suffer even death on a cross.

The Lamb is praised because he shed his blood for the world. His shed blood became the ransom price to redeem people of every tribe, langue, people and nation. As it was written, Isa 49:6  “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” So the Father sets Jesus’ blood to ransom the nations that they may participate in his life and light. It is also written, 1Pe 1:18-19 “knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold,  (19)  but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” Having been ransomed we are free now from our old futile ways of living to a new life in Christ Jesus which is one of trust and obedience to Jesus and the Father by way of the Spirit.

It is important to note also the elders ascribe to Jesus “power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing” and then everything in all creation gives the same praise to both the Father and Jesus. For the Father and the Son are One. God has saved us. One God, One Lord, though distinct persons, has done for us what was needed for us to be saved. The Father sending the Son and the Son being sacrificed for the sin of the world are One. We are called to join in their unending hymn of praise even now.  All glory, might and power to you eternal king and blessing!

All power, wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory and blessing belong to you Almighty Father and you O Lamb of God. May this song become our life though the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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Willard Colebank

Got to read this today as Lay Reader at Holy Cross Lutheran church in Saint Genevieve, Missouri on Market Street


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