Sunday, November 19, 2017

Jesus and the Scroll

In the right hand of the one sitting on the throne I saw a scroll that had writing on the inside and on the outside. And it was sealed in seven places.  I saw a mighty angel ask with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?"  No one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or see inside it.  I cried hard because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or see inside it.  Then one of the elders said to me, "Stop crying and look! The one who is called both the 'Lion from the Tribe of Judah' and 'King David's Great Descendant' has won the victory. He will open the book and its seven seals."  Then I looked and saw a Lamb standing in the center of the throne that was surrounded by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb looked as if it had once been killed. It had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God, sent out to all the earth.  The Lamb went over and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who sat on the throne.  After he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders knelt down before him. Each of them had a harp and a gold bowl full of incense, which are the prayers of God's people.  Then they sang a new song, "You are worthy to receive the scroll and open its seals, because you were killed.  And with your own blood you bought for God people from every tribe, language, nation, and race.  You let them become kings and serve God as priests, and they will rule on earth."

Revelation 5: 1 - 10

Without the Cross of Christ, the Word of God would not apply to your life.  The scroll would be sealed and you would have no hope of living in Eternity and enjoying the bliss of Heaven forever!  Jesus is the only one who is able to connect you with God and His Word.  

Bible Study without Jesus is just another academic exercise!  Fellowship with other “believers” without Jesus is no more than a club.  Living a moral life without Jesus certainly has earthly benefits, but gives you nothing of Eternal value!

You see, it is only because of Jesus that the Words in the Scroll apply to your life!  When you read the Bible you can “claim the promises” because of Jesus and what He did.  The primary reason for “dead christianity” is because men and women try to approach God without Jesus!  It has never worked and it will not work today.

“Lord Jesus, You are the One who can open the Word of God in my life.  Only You can open the scroll and break it’s seals.  May Your Name be Praised and Glorified now and forever.  Amen.” 

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