Recently my mom’s friend passed away. It was sad, hard and altogether a rough time for a while. What made this sad situation even rougher than normal was the absence of a will. None of us had any clue what was to happen next with all of Pam’s stuff: the house, the car, her possessions; there simply was no direction on the next steps. We had to wing it as it were and began trimming down the possessions and beginning the odd divvying out of things to one another.
God’s final instructions, or His will is not fuzzy, it is clear. Yet, no one was able to see this document of final instructions until Jesus came along and was the one able to open the 7 seals upon the Word of God that revealed the plan. No one would be left to fend for themselves as it appeared at first to John because Jesus was worthy of opening. Here we see all of Heaven worshipping Jesus and declaring him worthy, but why? Why Worship Jesus?
Why Worship Jesus?
Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”
13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped. 
I know this passage and sermon can seem fuzzy, odd and disjointed but it all is surrounded around the same thing we’ve been discussing all along. Jesus is the center of the story. Jesus is the climax in the story and he is the one in which the story was written about as well as who the story was written for. Here, the book of Revelation comes to a crescendo of explanation, giving a picture as to why we worship Jesus and how we do so. First we can see that Jesus Reveals Scripture.
Jesus Reveals Scripture (Vs. 1-3)
In this passage, we see that no one was worthy to open the scroll, no one was worthy to reveal God’s words to this world until Jesus, the Lion, the Lamb came forward to break the 7 seals and read the Word of God to those gathered. Jesus did this in his life on earth as well. He once said: “I have not come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it” meaning the true meaning of the Law, as well as the rest of Scripture finds its true revelation in ME. He also read from the scroll of Isaiah and said these things have now begun in your hearing. He was constantly trying to reveal the Scriptures through Himself to those he spoke to, ate with and communicated with. He is the one the Scriptures before were alluding to and He is the one the Scriptures after Him gave illumination to! Jesus then gave us the Spirit of God within us, His own Spirit to then continue to reveal the truth of Him being the epicenter of the Biblical narrative for all time!
Eugene Peterson says: “Scripture read and preached discovers that Christ (the Lamb) reveals the meaning of my life and fulfills my destiny” (Reversed Thunder, pg. 65)
If God is the one who gives us life and His Word is the mode in which he most uses to direct our life then Christ not only reveals Scripture but he reveals the meaning of us as well. He is the one to give us life, purpose and a reason to live. He, by what he did for us on the cross opened the gateway for God’s truth to be revealed and also opened the door way to us being able to come to the throne room!
Jesus reveals Scripture. Why else should I worship Jesus? Jesus is in the center.
Jesus is in the Center (vs. 6-8)
Last week we discussed how we should make God our center, that everything should be around Him and He should be the focus of our lives. Well, Jesus is in the very same center as the one on the throne. In fact He too is God. The picture give of the Lamb may be freaky sounding but it is mentioned to share some attributes of Jesus. Not all of the pictures in Revelation are symbolic but many of them are. The Horns: 7 is the number of perfection, and horns are the symbol of power: perfect power. 7 Eyes, perfect wisdom and 7 Spirits, perfect presence. Jesus here is being described through this picture as the suffering servant mentioned in Isaiah 53, as well as very God of very God. He alone can open the seals and reveal God’s plan because of his sacrifice and because of His identity. He is not off to the side, he strolls to the center of thunder, lightning and light where no one else can dare to approach and takes the scroll from the hand of God because He Himself is God.
Last week, in Revelation 4, we saw that God the Almighty was at the center and here we see the Lamb that was slain is also in the center and deserves our worship because he is in the center.
All creation centers in Him (the four living creatures), as do all of God’s people (the elders). The angels around the throne encircle the Saviour and praise Him.
He is also at the throne. (Warren Weirsbe)
Last week we discussed the utter importance of God at the center of our lives, here we see Jesus is part of the triune God and he should be front and center, because he is God. To put Jesus as center in our lives, we must be people not just who own the name Christian but seek to live as Christ lived, to love as Christ loved and to ask the Spirit of God to give us the ability to do so. We work best on this earth when we seek to do this very thing.
Jesus is in the Center is a huge aspect of why we should worship Him, He is at throne and seeking to be empowered to live like Him is what we were designed to do. However, this is only possible as Heaven know also by what He did for us on the cross. Being the Lamb was not enough, he had to be slain on our accounts. We worship Jesus because His Work has Set us Free!
Jesus’ Work has Set us Free (vs. 9-14)
The New song the elders sing is amazing in its message, its simplicity, its passion! Jesus by being slain ransomed us for God. We can enter into worship and His presence because Jesus was slain. It is a humble reminder that God doesn’t expect us to set ourselves free. It’s a reminder that all of the wrath to come in the following chapters need not visit itself upon us for eternity because of what He has done. It’s a reminder that He is worthy of worship because of His tremendous sacrifice. One would expect a Lion (and Jesus was such) to overtake an enemy, but never a lamb. His power is sacrificial and he sacrificed on our behalf.
When we look at the wrath poured out in the coming pages of Revelation we must constantly remember that due to the way we live or lived our lives, we deserve that wrath, yet Christ bore the wrath on our behalf and this amazing truth is there to set us ALL free.
Again, as in our sermon last week, we see all of creation joining into the chorus of singing to a worthy Lamb, a humble meek “little lamb” has been the rescuer of all of us, undeservedly so but yet He freed us from Satan, sin and from ourselves in his great act upon the cross. He is the only one worthy enough to open the will of God and to read it and proclaim it to all creation.
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.