“And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book and to lose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.” (Revelation 5:2+3/KJV).
In a vision the apostle John had a glimpse of heaven. God, sitting on the throne, had a book in his hands sealed with seven seals. An angel called out for somebody who would be worthy to open this book.
It is rightful for us to stand with awe and wonder reading these visions of heaven. By no means I feel specially qualified to write about the scenery of heaven. Yet I want to share with you some simple observation. As we read chapters six and eight we learn what was written in this book. The book was about divine judgment to come.
I want to turn your attention to the fact that no one was found worthy to open the seals of this book. In other words, God is taking utmost care that his divine judgments upon humankind should not come about haphazardly. God is not given to rashness.
John in a worshipful attitude wept considerably, when he realised that none was found worthy to open the seals of that book in the hands of Him, who sat on the throne. Only then one of the twenty-four elders said to him:
“…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.” (Verse 5)
John tells us:
“And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” (Verse 6).
‘The Lamb that was slain’ was the only one worthy to take that book and to open its seals. We know the name of this lamb: His name is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, God’s own Son, has gone at great length to save us. Having been borne a man of flesh and blood just as we are, He has endured the death on the cross for our sake.
In Hebrews 4:15 we find a beautiful description of the fact that Jesus has experienced all that we are going through. He knows what it is like and how it feels to be a human being: “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin.” (KJV).
Only Jesus Christ was found worthy to open the role in which God’s judgment upon men was pronounced. Only Jesus who has learned by his own experience what it is like to be a man, was allowed to take this book into his hands.
God is a righteous judge. He is not given to rash punishment. He hands the judgment over to his Son. No one can better understand us in our sinful condition than Jesus Christ. No one has done more in order to save us from our sins than Jesus Christ did. He is the Lamb that was slain on our behalf.
In 1 Corinthians 13:5 Paul says: Love “is not easily provoked” (KJV). God is a God of love. He is not easily angered.