By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
WHY WAS JESUS WORTHY TO OPEN THE SEALS?
Rev. 5: 1-14
The seals reflect the destiny of mankind...Who is worthy to reveal man-kind's destiny? (Jesus)
The following context reveals that seals are mankind's destiny.
Daniel 12:4 Daniel told to "seal up" book. Time for the revelation of man's destiny was in the
latter days... many days (Daniel 10:14)
Rev. ch 5 on - Revelation is for "Present" time of writing. ("Seal not up" Rev. 22:10).
Rev. 1:1; 22:6 "Shortly come to pass".
Rev. 1:3; 22:10 "time is at hand".
Jesus is proven to be the only one worthy to reveal the destiny of mankind.
Why? Why was Jesus worthy to open the seals?
HE WAS VICTORIOUS OVER DEATH--THE GRAVE.
Jesus was promised the resurrection.
Matt. 16:21; 17:22-23
Jesus was raised.
Matt. 28: 1-10
Rev. 1: 12-18
HE WAS VICTORIOUS OVER EVIL.
One reason for the incarnation of Jesus.
I John 3:8
Satan's battleground is the flesh.
Three areas of fleshly temptation
I John 2:15-17
Jesus tempted likewise - Matt. 4:1-11
Fleshly desires - turn bread
Pride - vainglory - jump down, prove yourself
Lust of eyes - earthly kingdoms
Jesus refused - victorious
HE HAS ALL POWER - AUTHORITY.
All - leaves none for anyone else.
Jesus is King. Rev. 1:5
Ruler of Kings Rev. 1:5
Rev. 17:14 - Lord of Lords, King of Kings
I Tim. 6: 13-16
None is greater than King Jesus
HE IS THE PURCHASE PRICE FOR ALL MANKIND.
Blood Atonement was necessary...Jesus' Blood
I John 2:2 - propitiation
John 19:30 - "It is finished: fulfilled - paid.
I Cor. 6: 19-20.
This is the reason for Jesus' Lordship (Acts 2:26)
Jesus was worthy for these reasons
He is worthy to reveal your destiny also.
Heb. 5: 8-9
Mark 16: 15-16
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