“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God.”
Easter is a central time in the life of the church- perhaps because at Easter we remember, the precise events that took place in human history for God to bring rebellious people back to himself. The book of revelation reminds us of, among other things, the meaning of Easter in its own wild way. In Revelation 4-5 John describing a vision of an open heaven, reveals that God the father is seated on a throne and is holding a scroll that is sealed in his right hand. “Who is worthy to open the scroll, he asks?” To which heaven and earth is silent for a moment. John weeps at the fact that no one can be found to open the scroll. But then John is consoled- there is one who is worthy. John expected someone mighty and powerful- but instead the one who appears is a wounded lamb. Those present fall and worship the lamb, they start to sing the words that appear above. This wounded lamb of course- is the messiah. This wounded lamb is alive and he has purchased people from every tribe and tongue- that they might be a kingdom of priests.
Grace and peace from Marcus