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“Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the DAY of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honour and glory and blessing!"
We must conclude our meditations about the centrality of the cross in the eternal purposes of God. We have seen that the once-for-all sacrifice made by the Lord Jesus was in the mind of God from eternity. We have noted that it is foreshadowed throughout the Old Testament centuries in types and prophecies. We have traced the inevitability of the cross from the human and divine standpoints in the four gospels in the New Testament. We have also seen that the cross is at the centre of the message that the church has been called to proclaim throughout the twenty centuries since those events happened. But what of the eternal future?
Obviously the book of Revelation is the one to give us the answer to that question and there is one verse which links the whole matter together in chapter 13:8, where it speaks of, “THE LAMB SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.”
Throughout the book of Revelation the Lord Jesus is referred to as ‘THE LAMB,’ in fact the word occurs 27 times, more than in any other book of the Bible. We have seen that throughout the Old Testament, lambs were sacrificed, their blood was shed and their lives laid down. And exactly the same was true as far as THE LAMB OF GOD was concerned and this fact is picked up by some verses in Revelation.
Revelation 7:14: “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
Revelation 12:11: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”
Throughout the eternal ages, we shall not be worshipping the Lord Jesus as the Good Shepherd or the Bread of Life although they are certainly true descriptions of Him.
We shall be worshipping Him as THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN. Our focus will be on the fact that the Lord Jesus died for us, shedding His blood on THE CROSS OF CALVARY. That will be our eternal theme!
“WORTHY IS THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN!”