Worthy is the Lamb

Revelation 5

Adrian Rogers

Sermon Overview

Scripture Passage: Revelation 5

Adrian Rogers says, “You will never have true fulfillment, or understand why you were made until you come to worship the One who is worthy.”

Revelation 5 is one of the most glorious chapters in the Bible, because it gives a prophetic picture of Jesus, the Lamb of God, who alone is worthy of our praise.

First, Jesus is exclusively worthy of worship.

“Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?’ And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.” (Revelation 5:2-3).

When God created the world, He gave dominion over all of creation to Adam. When tempted to sin by the devil, Adam and Eve legally lost their dominion and became slaves of Satan. What was lost by a man needed to be regained by a man. Jesus stepped out of glory and became a man, the Second Adam, to gain back what the first Adam lost. He liberated us from our sins and freed us from Satan’s domain.

Second, Revelation 4-5 reminds us that Jesus is exceedingly worthy of our praise.

  • He is worthy first because of creation (see Revelation 4:11). He is the center of the Universe; everything is created by Him and for Him.
  • He is also exceedingly worthy because of Calvary (see Revelation 5:6-7). In these passages, John sees a prophetic vision of a lion and lamb. The lion represents the tribe of Judah, and the lamb represents our redeeming Lord, who was slain for us. He, who was resurrected, now reigns forever.
  • Jesus is worthy because of conquest; Revelation 5:5 notes that He has “prevailed,” meaning He is the Victor.

Finally, Jesus is eternally worthy.

“...I heard saying: ‘Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!’” (Revelation 5:13)

There has never been a time that Jesus was not worthy of our worship; one day, we will join with all of creation to sing this eternal song of the ages.

Apply it to your life

Today, we have a chance to praise Jesus, who is exclusively, exceedingly, and eternally worthy of worship. Adrian Rogers says, “If I had a thousand lives, I’d give every one to Jesus Christ.”