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Who opens the mail?

August 7, 2017

A lot of my mail doesn’t even get opened. Satellite providers. Car insurance offers. Anything that says, “Occupant.” Just throw it in the trash.

I open anything else, but there’s no one else here to do it. Anything that comes to my mailbox with my name on it, I have the authority to open.

Imagine walking into the oval office, or the governor’s office, picking up a letter opener and opening the mail. You’d probably get into trouble. You’re not authorized to open it.

The president or the governor has the right to open it, or to designate someone else to open it. They’ve earned the right and responsibility to open the mail that comes across their desks. No one else can.

In Revelation 5, a letter needs to be opened. A scroll sealed with seven seals that requires someone in particular to open it.

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 (Revelation 5:1-4).

God, on His throne holds the scroll and seeks a worthy person to open it. It appears that no one has the authority to open the scroll. But then the worthy person is found:

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 (Revelation 5:5).

When the Lion of the tribe of Judah takes the scroll in His hand, those around the throne proclaim why He is worthy:

Worthy are you to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
    from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
    and they shall reign on the earth (Revelation 5:9-10).

He is worthy because He was crucified and redeemed His people through His blood. His sacrificial, atoning death makes Him worthy to open this letter, this scroll, that unleashes God’s plan for the end of the ages.

God was not defeated at the cross. The cross is the victory. The pinnacle of God’s redemptive history. His power and majesty are revealed in the despicable death on the cross.

Through the cross Christ ransomed us. Saved us. Delivers us. To be God’s people who will reign with Him forever.

The price He paid to redeem our souls makes Him worthy of our worship now and for all eternity.

 

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