Rev.5:5,6 – Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping. Look! The mighty Lion of Judah’s tribe, the root of David—he has conquered! He is the worthy one who can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Then I saw a young Lamb standing in the middle of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders. He appeared to have been slaughtered but was now alive!
The humility and greatness of Christ takes your breath away. In the same person you see such extreme qualities. Jesus is higher and more glorious than any part of His great creation. He is higher than all of the kings of the earth, he is higher than all angelic or demonic power and authority. In comparison to Him the wisest, the richest, and the most powerful in all the earth are like the worms of the dust. At the same time you see the greatest humility. He took upon Himself the weakness of His creation when He became one of us. He didn’t even come as one of our great ones in power or in wealth, He came as a servant and died the death of the worst of us. In Him we see infinite greatness and infinite weakness in one person. He is the Lion and He is the Lamb. Here is how Johnathan Edwards describes this.
“Yea, so great is his condescension, that it is not only sufficient to take some gracious notice of such as these, but sufficient for every thing that is an act of condescension. His condescension is great enough to become their friend: ’tis great enough to become their companion, to unite their souls to him in spiritual marriage: ’tis great enough to take their nature upon him, to become one of them, that he may be one with them: yea, it is great enough to abase himself yet lower for them, even to expose himself to shame and spitting; yea, to yield up himself to an ignominious death for them. And what act of condescension can be conceived of greater? Yet such an act as this, has his condescension yielded to, for those that are so low and mean, despicable and unworthy!”
When John saw the Lion and the Lamb all he could do is weep for joy. John found himself in the midst of an incredible atmosphere of worship. The Seraphim, the angels, the elders, and the redeemed from every generation and every tribe and tongue were worshipping this One Who was slain before the world was created. The worship continues as another generation stands before the lion and the Lamb.