Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
Revelation 5:1-8 (ESV)
The book of Revelation is not an easy one to read and understand! But if you take the time to go through this book of the Bible, you will find some encouraging, wonderful and challenging passages. These verses in chapter five never cease to amaze me in the way they describe Jesus in such contrast. On the one hand, our Lord is "the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David", who is strong, powerful and has conquered. But then the next verse goes on to tell us that this strong lion is "a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain". Our all-conquering Savior didn't triumph through strength and power as we know it, but through His once for all death as the sacrificial lamb and His triumphant resurrection on the third day. Let us thank God for sending Jesus to conquer sin and death for us!