The Lion and the Lamb – “Who is Worthy to open the scroll?”
The Lion and the Lamb – “Who is Worthy to open the scroll?”

The Lion and the Lamb – “Who is Worthy to open the scroll?”

Revelation 5:4-5
⁴And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. ⁵And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

In this verse, it is evident that among thousands and thousands, none was worthy or qualified to open the seals of God except one who had poured down his life to redeem mankind back to Himself. It is outstanding that redemption is only possible when a price is paid. To redeem is to gain back what rightfully belongs to you.

1 Peter 1:18-19
¹⁸Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;¹⁹But [you were purchased] with the precious blood of Christ (the Messiah), like that of a [sacrificial] lamb without blemish or spot.

It was an ancient thing for content to be written on scrolls and sealed to avoid unauthorized access just as you seal an envelope. Thus, whatever content was in the scroll was only accessible to the one who had the right to unseal it.

Jeremiah 32:7
⁷Behold, Hanamel son of Shallum your uncle shall come to you and say, Buy my field that is in Anathoth, for the right of redemption is yours to buy it

God instructed Jeremiah to buy a piece of land from his uncle to symbolise God redeeming the land. Despite having bought and sealed it, the land was still in the hands of Babylonians yet at the rightful time, it would be in the hands of the rightful owner to unseal the seals.
Christ, our kinsman-redeemer paid the redemptive price to regain the title deed to man’s lost inheritance. He will take possession of His inheritance and exercise sovereign dominion over it for all things must come fully under His footstool (Psalms 110:1) and have been put under Him (Ephesians 1:22-23).

A kinsman redeemer delivers or rescues especially where another cannot redeem himself or herself. Christ came as a man like us, the lion and the lamb, redeemer and conqueror.
This title deed involved the rightful owner bringing the whole earth under his subjection. For this reason, we notice that when the seventh seals, which means the mark completion or perfection, were opened, two familiar statements were made. That is “On the sound of the seventh angel, the mystery of God should be finished as declared to his servants the prophets (Revelation 10:7 and the kingdoms of the world become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ then He reigns (Revelation 11:15).”

Jesus is a lion yet also a Lamb, one that was slain for a perfect sacrifice unto our redemption, a lion that has conquered and taken possession of what rightfully belongs to Him (John 16:33) and restored us to God. Therefore because He conquered we conquer for as He is so are we; everything about Him is our description.

Genesis 49:9-10
⁹Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He [a]bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him? ¹⁰The [b]scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.

(Revelation 5:4
“And I wept audibly and bitterly because no one was found fit to open the scroll or to inspect it.”)
John moaned at the thought of none being worthy, Isaiah cried out, Woe unto me for I am a man of unclean lips, but I say as it is written, no more are we to moan over our unworthiness because we have beheld the son of God who takes away the sin of the world. Hallelujah!
John wailed at the thought of having the world locked up in its sin and having it eternally in the hands of the evil one to whom it had been handed over as stated in Luke 4:6, or the fall of Adam and Eve nevertheless ;

Job 14:7-9
⁷ For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. ⁸Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; ⁹Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant

The root of the tribe of David stood worthy to redeem mankind.

Isaiah 11:1
¹A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots, a Branch will bear fruit.

Prophetic Utterance:

I am worthy because He is worthy. I conquer because He conquered. In Him, I am victorious
An heir, a son, redeemed. I am that stick Plucked out of fire and i belong with the Living root ’Jesus’.
I am the righteousness of Christ Jesus

Guiding Text:

Mathew 1:1-2
¹The book of the genealogy[a] of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: ²Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers.

Daniel 2:44
⁴⁴And in the days of these [final ten] kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall its sovereignty be left to another people; but it shall break, crush, and consume all these kingdoms and it shall stand forever.

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