"Then I saw in the right hand of himwho was seated on the throne ascroll written within and on theback, sealed with seven seals. And Isaw a strong angel proclaiming witha loud voice, "Who is worthy toopen the scroll and break its seals?" And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to openthe scroll or to look into it, and Ibegan to weep loudly because noone was found worthy to open thescroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me,
'Weep nomore; behold, the Lion of thetribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and itsseven seals
(Revelation 5:1-5). The Apostle John has been given thevision of a scroll (we would say todaya book) which contains God’srevelation concerning His end-time judgments. We could widen this asincluding the meaning of all things,past, present and future, the mysteryof God and the mystery of our ownnature; including the way to salvationfrom all the problems that we sufferin this world or we are threatened tosuffer in the next. Humanity has triedmany times to open this book, but invain. Prophets of all kinds, fortune-tellers, scientific investigations etc.have proved deceitful and useless, inspite of their claims. This is really a desperate andfrustrating attempt! The apostle John, nevertheless, wascomforted and encouraged that whatis impossible to people is possible inChrist. The only one whom Godentrusted with revelation is the Lord Jesus Christ- Jesus is here referred to as
“The Lionof the Tribe of Judah”,
a meaningfultitle for those who know the Bible,who know God as He speaks to usthrough the Bible.
This appellation is not givenelsewhere
to the Messiah, but it isnot difficult to see its propriety asused in this place. The lion is the kingof beasts, the monarch of the forest,and thus becomes an emblem of oneof kingly authority and of power.Christ. Christ Himself said:
“Allauthority in heaven and on earth hasbeen given to me”
(Matthew 28:18).Everything is under His control. He isthe only one who has authority toopen the secrets of the universe. Jesus here is not a vague universalprinciple, but he is clearly identifiablewith historical events in a definitegeographical location. He springsfrom the spiritual roots of Abraham.Isaac, Jacob, and David.
1. He is the Revelator.
Jesus’identity is linked with Jacob’sprophecy (Genesis 49:10), actuallywith all Bible prophecies. According tohuman nature Jesus belongs to the Jewish people and everything itrepresents.
“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus,called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,concerning his Son, who wasdescended from David according tothe flesh and was declared to bethe Son of God in power accordingto the Spirit of holiness by hisresurrection from the dead, JesusChrist our Lord”
(Romans 1:1-4). Jesus is the link between God andman. He who bears the office of Mediator between God and man
, isfit and worthy to open andexecute all the counsels of Godtowards men