S (Scripture): Revelation 5:9
They were singing a new song:
“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals because you were killed, and at the cost of your own blood you have purchased for God persons from every tribe, language, people, and nation…”
O (Observation): John, the author who received this Revelation, is brought to this most wondrous scene in which an angel presents a scroll with seven seals. The angel puts out a challenge to figure out who can possibly open this scroll with all of its seals.
Only one seems willing and able to attempt to open the scroll: “a Lamb that appeared to have been killed” (Rev 5:6). This Lamb is an allusion to Jesus Christ – crucified, a sacrifice.
Since it appears that this Lamb is the one worthy of opening the scroll, the question becomes: Who is to be saved?
Answer: persons from every tribe, language, people, and nation. (Rev 5:9). Does this mean EVERYONE is to be saved? Maybe…maybe not…but at least we know that SOME people from EVERY nation, tribe, tongue can and will be saved. For these people, The Lamb has been sacrificed.
A (Application): What another revelation from Revelation. This book of the Bible gets so twisted. Yet here is another example of hope…even in the midst of a terrifying situation.
We can see that the type of person who is to be saved is not from some kind of cookie-cutter mold. Heaven will be filled with people that don’t just look like you or me!
What does that mean for me today? That for every person I meet…God just might be working in that person a seed, a kernel of faith. Or a full-blown faith. Who knows?!?
As a carrier of the Gospel, I have a responsibility to share (in appropriate ways) the Good News of the Lamb who has set us all free to love and be loved.
Who is the most unique Christian you have ever met? (We come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and tongues, after all : )
P (Prayer): Lord, we thank you for taking on all kinds…even the likes of me : ) Amen!