Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Revelation 5:5 (NRSV)
In this passage of hope, Christ enters the heavenly throne room as an all powerful (seven-horned), all knowing (seven-eyed) Lamb. He has claimed victory over the dark powers of this world through his death and now he is declared worthy to take the scroll of God and break its impenetrable seals. This scroll contains the will of the Father and is entrusted to Christ who has power to carry out what is written. Commentator Albert Barnes writes, “when we feel that the future is wholly impenetrable to us; and when the efforts of the highest created minds fail to lift the mysterious veil which hides those events from our view,” we can still hold hope for the future because the Lamb of God knows what is to come and is in ultimate control. That is great hope in a world seemingly ruled by chaos.
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