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Revelation 5:5

John is weeping.  I would usually call someone a pansy for that, but John was no pansy.  See, he was in prison and still being full-up manly about it.  Even writing to encourage others.  Crazy manly.

So John the not-pansy was weeping because no one could be found to open the scroll and its seven seals.  Oh, I should mention that he’s “in the spirit” (meaning as I understand it dreaming but really guided by the Holy Spirit to reveal a prophecy) and sees this scroll in God’s very hand that no one can be found to read.  Later on we find that this scroll contains all the judgments that are to come when God makes the world new, sometimes called the tribulation.  So, John is weeping because no one can open it.

Finally we come to my point.  I believe that maybe this scroll was so obviously not just a scroll, but that the entirety of human existence depended on that scroll being read.  If that scroll stayed sealed, then God’s judgment would be stopped up and the world would never know its Maker like it is designed to.  Why would we exist in that scenario.

Then Revalation 5:5.  Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Rood of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.  In the infinite scale, God’s purposes will not be thwarted.  Glory to God!

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