When Christians were being severely persecuted for their faith, Jesus revealed in a vision to John, His beloved apostle, a message of comfort and hope.
"And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 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. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, 'Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals'" (Revelation 5:1-5).
The vision is not difficult to understand. The One sitting on the throne is God. The right hand speaks of strength. The scroll written on both sides represents all that is to happen in the future. God holds the future in His strong hand.
The seals which kept the scroll from being opened indicate that no one could see into the future. The Lion who prevailed to open the scroll is Jesus Christ. He is able to make known what the future holds. Through His death for our sins and the power of His resurrection He has overcome Satan, sin and death so that the faithful have assurance of a victorious future.
We, too, can benefit from the message of John. Knowing who holds the future in His hands and its glorious outcome we are comforted and sustained in our trials. There is no need to worry or be afraid. We may be at peace and rest no matter what may come our way because we have hope of eternal life in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Such faith will courageously live for God. It will show and tell others that there is a powerful, loving Savior who is the only way for us all to be delivered from this world of sin and death. So, let us praise the Lord in the assembly and before all people!
Robert Dodson is the Preaching Minister for the Northwest Church of Christ.
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