Revelation 5:1-7 (NIV)

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?" But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals."

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.

Adam had been given total dominion over the earth and over all the creatures in it. Call it a title deed. Then he gave it up to Satan. To be just and legal a kinsman of Adam would be the only one who could redeem the title deed. Here in the book of Revelation, the record of the consummation of all things, John weeps that no kinsman could be found who was worthy, until Jesus Christ appears as the perfect sacrificial Lamb who paid the redemption fee. He appears though as slain, in his crucified body.

Someone asked, "What is the only manmade thing that will be in heaven?" Of course, the answer is Jesus' nail pierced hands and feet. On second thought, he willingly laid down his own life for our sake; He made His scars just as He made the sacrifice. We marvel that God came from heaven to become a man like us. As amazing as it is that God became a man, it is ever more amazing that there is a Man sitting on the throne in Heaven. He is our kinsman redeemer!


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