Are you grieved because of our troubled world?
“Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” – Revelation 5:5
You only have to watch a few minutes of the news in order to see that the world is in great distress. It doesn’t take a lot of study to quickly understand that we’re on a path toward disaster. It can become overwhelming and even cause you to weep. As Christians, we have a greater hope and need not weep.
John, standing in the throne room of heaven was hoping to see Jesus step up and take the scroll out of the hand of God. When John didn’t see anyone step forward, he was distressed. Was no one worthy to inherit God’s kingdom? Where was Jesus? What happened to the promise of the gospel? John saw no one and he began to weep.
One of the elders in the throne room then declared to John, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” This was the introduction that the elder gave for the Lamb, which John didn’t recognize, who would step forward and take the scroll.
Over the next four days, we’ll examine each of the parts of what the elder said as he announced the Lion of Judah.