Husband and I spent Easter weekend in his hometown - Reno. We went to church with his parents and enjoyed a good 'ole Baptist sermon. I must confess though - I missed our church. I found myself flipping the gilded edges of my Bible to Revelation 5 -- the passage I knew Pastor Ken would be preaching on. At our church the Pastor chooses a book of the bible and we go through the book, verse by verse. And on Easter Sunday our church stuck with routine. So away Pastor Ken preached. He DID preach the gospel message - then again he does this every Sunday as well. :)
I was struck with how appropriate the verses in Revelation 5 ARE for an Easter message: "2And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?" 3But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside...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...7He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb...9And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth...12In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!".
What a blessing from the Lord that we would find ourselves in this particular passage for the celebration of the ressurection! I have no doubt this was not coincidence -- but Godcidence. There are so many pieces of this passage that glorify the Lord and I cannot WAIT to hear the message when the podcast is put up. But for now I will rejoice in what the passage has already taught me: Our Lord is the same forever. He took all the sins of the world upon his shoulders that day on the cross and became the slaughtered lamb. He will return one day the slaughtered lamb - not pristine and golden and glory filled -- but "looking as if he had been slain" -- because He was. For us. For our sin. So that we might join in the chorus "worthy is the lamb" with Him in heaven one day. :)
Happy late Easter.