Yesterday we saw that only Jesus is worthy to take the scroll from the right hand of God, the scroll we said could possibly contain the will of God, God’s plan for humanity, God’s plan for redemption.
Today, Jesus is described as a Lamb, as though it had been slain. The imagery we get here is a little lamb, delicate, innocent…looking as if it had recently been slain, continually looking like this, because there will never be a time when the sacrifice of this Lamb will not be needed. The seven horns and seven eyes are representative of the fact that the Lamb is omnipotent (all powerful), and omniscient (all knowing).
Jesus, then, takes the scroll from the right hand of God…worthy indeed!
As he does, everyone present immediately fall down before Him and worship, giving Him glory and honour and praise. Similar to 4.11, but here Jesus receives worship for His redemptive work, whereas there God the Father receives worship for His creative work. Similar, but slightly different. The point is, though, that Jesus receives worship with God…both begin Worthy are you…
Then everyone present wants to get involved with worship! Do you ever feel like that when you’re at church? Someone near you is just belting out that song and it inspires you to sing louder? The worship team are just perfectly in sync and lost in worship, not performing, and you are swept right along with them into the throne room of God?
Everyone present gets involved and worships Worthy is the Lamb who was slain! Angels say this because they see God’s redemptive work in mankind, and this is their response, honor, glory, blessing to the name of Jesus.
Then, like ripples in a pond when you throw a stone, the worship cascades to every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them!
Wow, literally everything and everyone in the entire cosmos can see that God the Father, Jesus the Lamb who was slain, and the ever present Holy Spirit are worthy of blessing, honour, glory, and might forever and ever!
The combined trinitarian worship we see here, the explicit combined worship of God the Father and Jesus Christ should set a pattern for us; this is a testimony to the Deity of Jesus (He is God), He receives worship with God, and He receives worship as God.
So, for us, worship God who made and sustains all things.
Worship Jesus who redeemed us, who is worthy, and who deserves it.
This is the pattern for worship we see in heaven, so why would we do it any other way?