Text: Isaiah 53:4-12, Revelation 5:1-14
To give ear to the prophecies of Isaiah and John today—it stirs my heart with worship! To read about the “already” of the spotless Lamb being crushed, and believe with faith in the “not yet” of that same Worthy Lamb doing what “no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able” to do (Revelation 5:3), causes the Holy Spirit in us to breathe prayers of praise for the truth that we’re reading.
It makes us want to close our eyes and attempt to imagine the unimaginable beauty of that moment when Jesus Himself will stand before the throne with the appearance of a slaughtered lamb and open the scroll, while heaven and earth acknowledge—the worthy Lamb has come at last.
Revelation really knows how to drop the mic, doesn’t it?
The scene in Isaiah, on the other hand, we can picture it happening as we read it. At least a little. That’s because between then and now—between the time of Isaiah’s prophecy and this moment we sit here today with leather-bound or smartphone versions of God’s Word in our hands—what Isaiah said would happen happened! The Lamb of God was pierced for our transgressions. Jesus Christ was led like a lamb to the slaughter before John’s very eyes!
While we can believe and even imagine the unfolding of Isaiah’s prophecies because we have a firsthand narrative of the actual events, John’s prophecy in Revelation is a bit more difficult to picture. None of us has seen Heaven! This prophecy is not yet fulfilled. And yet, to read about it causes us as believers to exhale an, “Amen, come Lord Jesus!”
Here we are—you and I and this poor, fallen world, smack in the middle of the Already and the Not Yet. We believe with faith that the Lamb of God was crushed for us, and we believe with hope in the truth of God’s Word, that that same Lamb is worthy and will open the scroll in Heaven and break its seals and look into it at just the right time, and ransom people for God. And He—our Jesus who was dead and rose for us—will appear and every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them will say all together:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
- Revelation 5:13b
Amen, come Lord Jesus.
For an added layer of worship during this sweet season of adoration and expectation, we’ve created a Spotify playlist for Advent 2014! You can find the complete SheReadsTruth | O Come Let Us Adore Him playlist at this link, or listen to today’s track on the player below. Enjoy!