Jesus-The Right Person in the Right Place
But He . . . has an unchangeable priesthood. . . . He is . . . able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.-Hebrews 7:24-25, emphasis added
Jesus is in heaven as our mediator. God the Son, who has been given "all authority" (Matthew 28:18), stands before the throne of God as omnipotent.
The location of Jesus is perfect--He is perfectly positioned in the midst of the throne [Jesus is located in heaven] and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth (Revelation 5:6).
In verse 6, "the seven Spirits of God" does not teach that there are seven Holy Spirits. Rather, there is one sevenfold Spirit, described in Isaiah 11:2 as: (1) the Spirit of the Lord; (2) the Spirit of wisdom; (3) the Spirit of understanding; (4) the Spirit of counsel; (5) the Spirit of strength; (6) the Spirit of knowledge; and (7) the Spirit of the fear of the Lord.
The description of the Lamb, if produced literally by an artist, would provide a grotesque picture, but when understood symbolically, it conveys spiritual truth. Since seven is the number of perfection, Jesus is omnipotent-He has perfect power (seven horns); Jesus is omniscient-He has perfect wisdom (seven eyes); and Jesus is omnipresent--He is perfectly present (seven Spirits in all the earth).
Jesus is standing in the right place, as the right person, and is identified to be the Lamb of God. He is not a great angel, or Satan's brother, as the Mormons teach. He is not merely a great created being, as Jehovah's Witnesses claim. Nor is He simply a noble man, as the liberals would have us believe. Neither is He just a great prophet, as Muslims propose. Christ Jesus has all the attributes of Deity: He is the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Son of God!
In Revelation 5:6-8 Jesus was promised as the perfect Lamb. He is called a Lamb (like a little pet lamb in contrast to a big sheep) no less than twenty-eight times in Revelation. A ram was substituted for Isaac (Genesis 22:8, Genesis 22:13 , which is a picture of Christ giving His life for the individual (see Galatians 2:20 . At Passover, the lamb was slain for each family (Exodus 12:3). Isaiah states that Jesus died for the nation of Israel (Isaiah 53:8; see also John 11:49-52).
John affirms that the Lamb died for the whole world (John 1:29). Peter said, "You were not redeemed with corruptible things, . . . but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (1 Peter 1:18-19). The more you meditate on the power and scope of Christ's work on the cross, the more humbled and worshipful you should become.
The action of Jesus is perfect. In Revelation 5:7, Jesus takes the title deed as the exalted Lord of glory: "Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne." Jesus stepped up to take the scroll, for He had paid the price as the perfect kinsman Redeemer, the heir of all things.
The reception of Jesus is perfect. In Revelation 5:8, Jesus hears and keeps all our prayers: Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
I love that verse--especially for those of us who are declining in health. Prayers are vital to God, and those of you who have extra time due to health problems can have a dynamic ministry of prayer! God loves to answer prayer, and He blesses churches whose people pray for all aspects of their ministry, and seek to glorify Him in everything. What a perfect love gift you can offer Him in behalf of others!
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