Rev 5:8-10                            Worthy Is the Lamb                                   5/29/2005      ßà   

#1.       A Sealed Book (Rev 5:1-14, 4:1)

 

 

 

 

#2.       Who Is Worthy to Open the Book? (Rev 5:2-4)

 

 

 

 

  • The Lion of the Tribe of Juda Is Worthy (Rev 5:5, Gen 49:1,9-10, Isa 11:1,2,10)

 

 

 

 

  • The Lamb That Was Slain Is Worthy (Rev 5:6, Isa 53:7, Col 2:9, John 1:4)

 

 

 

 

#3.       The Lamb Takes the Book (Rev 5:7, Matt 28:18, Dan 7:13-14)

 

 

 

 

  • They Sing a New Song (Rev 5:8-10, Psalm 49:4)

 

 

 

 

  • Worthy Is the Lamb (Rev 5:11-14, Phil 2:9-11)

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 5:1 (2X). We have come to chapter five of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. We have here not a new vision to John. It is very clear that the same vision started in chapter 4 is continued in chapter 5. These two chapters are one vision. We have seen last week that the 24 elders round about the throne of God represent all the saints who have lived on this earth, both from the OT time as well as from the NT time. They are representing all the saints on this side of Judgment Day. On the other hand, the four living creatures round about the throne and in the midst of the throne are representing all the saints and all of God’s new creation on the future side of Judgment Day. This is the reason why they are also on the throne, because we will be married to Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ steps on the stage of chapter five as a Lamb who takes a Book out of the right hand of Him that sitteth upon the throne. The main thought throughout the present chapter is that the Lamb is found worthy to open the Book. Therefore the title of this sermon is, Worthy Is the Lamb (2X). Let us now read this entire chapter. The first thing we see in this chapter is:

#1.       A Sealed Book (Rev 5:1-14, 4:1)

Re 5:1-2  And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.                        And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

Re 5:3-4  And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.                    And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

Re 5:5  And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Re 5:6 ¶  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Re 5:7  And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

Re 5:8-9  And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.                  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

Re 5:10  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Re 5:11-12  And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;      Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

Re 5:13  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

Re 5:14  And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

We see first of all a closed Book on the right hand of God. No one else has yet read it. And thus it contains the eternal thoughts and plans of Him who sitteth upon the throne concerning all of creation. This Book was written within and on the backside, which means it was completely covered, which symbolizes the fact that the thoughts of God in this Book are complete. Moreover, the Book was sealed. What is a seal for? A seal serves to safeguard the contents of this Book against a possible intruder, for whom the contents of this Book was not intended. This Book was sealed with seven seals. Seven is the symbol of completion or perfection. Seven has generally to do with the Kingdom of God. The number 10 also indicates completion, but the number ten usually has to do with the kingdom of Satan. From a quick glance at all the verses in this chapter we understand that there are two most important questions we need to answer before we can continue to interpret this chapter. #1. What is the significance of this Book and what is the content of this Book? #2. What is the meaning of the opening of this Book and the meaning of the breaking of its seals? #1, Does this Book contain God’s salvation plan? Of course it does, but it contains a whole lot more than that. If this Book contains the eternal thoughts and plans of God so that God may be glorified, then this Book must be symbolic of the decree of God with regard to the things which must shortly come to pass. Remember, God said this to John in Rev 4:1, “Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter”. Let me explain in earthly terms what the decree of God is. The decree of God contains the minutes of the counsel of God, which God had before time began concerning all the things and all the actions that God planned with this whole creation. And God planned all this for His own glory. This Book is not a dead copy of the decree of God, for then the opening of this Book would simply be prophecy, a revealing of the hidden things of God’s counsel. But that is not so. This Book is the symbol of the decree itself, of the living, irresistible, powerful decree of God, whose chief purpose it is to realize the Kingdom of God, which He planned from before the foundation of the world. Therefore, Question #2, the breaking of the seals does not simply open the hidden things of God’s counsel. It is not symbolizing revelation. But the opening of this Book signifies the very realization of that powerful, all comprehensive decree of God. It signifies therefore the implementation of the acts of God toward the realization of the Kingdom. The Person who receives this Book, and may open the seals thereof, receives the power to establish and to complete the Kingdom of God, which means He is actually to bring to pass all that is written in this Book. And so, from all that is said in this chapter and in the following chapters we can see this Book indeed symbolizes the plan of the Almighty. First of all it is found on His right hand of God, indicating that He alone is its author. Secondly, it is sealed with seven seals, symbolizing its secrecy and the number seven is connected with the Kingdom of God. When all these seals shall have been loosed, the counsel of God shall have been realized and the Kingdom shall have been established in glory. Thirdly, from Rev 4:1 we know that God intended John to see the things which must shortly come to pass. And therefore all that follows in this prophecy of the Revelation of Jesus Christ are the things that are contained in the Book on the right hand of Him that sat on the throne. Fourthly, that this Book is not a mere dead copy of the decree of God, but a symbol of the decree itself, follows from what is happening after the breaking of its seals. When seal after seal is broken we are not served with some information or with some prophecy, but we see these very things being realized before our eyes. To sum it up, this Book is a symbol of the irresistible decree of God with regard to the things which must come to pass, and the opening of the Book implies the power to realize that decree of God, and to bring the eternal Kingdom to perfection. Therefore, a challenge is sent forth to all the world:

#2.       Who Is Worthy to Open the Book? (Rev 5:2-4)

Re 5:2-4  And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?             And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.            And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

The meaning of this invitation is not to everyone to try and take the Book and break the seals. No! The real question is whether there is anyone worthy, who possesses the legal right and the power to receive and to open the Book. Who in all this universe is worthy and has the power to bring in the Kingdom of righteousness and peace and bliss, the Kingdom of God. Who is able to do this? It is a Kingdom of God doing battle against the kingdom of darkness. It is a Kingdom of God, divinely conceived in His eternal counsel. It is a Kingdom of God established in the blood of the Lamb. It is a Kingdom that God Himself historically realizes, and completes, and leads to its final manifestation in glory. It is a Kingdom of God where God is in control from beginning to end, and nothing goes to waste to Satan because God is in control. Therefore it is clear that there is no creature that could possibly establish a Kingdom like this. First all the creatures receive the opportunity. Paraphrased the message to the angels in heaven goes like this: “Hear ye myriads of holy spirits surrounding the throne of God, can ye open this Book? Can ye save the world? Can ye bring peace and bliss to a world of sin?” And then the message goes out to all mankind: “Man, here is your opportunity. Who of you is worthy to take the Book and bring to realization the Kingdom? Who can send righteousness and peace to all the world? Ye wise men of the world, can you hear the message? Do you know how to open the Book? Can you suggest the way of salvation for the world? Can ye by your laws and institutions, by your armies and power, introduce the Kingdom of peace? All ye that speak so highly of the regeneration of society, of a better world to live in, of social righteousness, here is the challenge! Come on now, human wisdom and power, riches and wealth, science and invention, come and take now the Book and open its seals”. The message goes forth to those under the earth, even to the depth of Hell. The prince of darkness and his angels tremble. O surely, he is clever, he is powerful, and he is mighty! He once proposed to take the place of God and lied to Adam and Eve that man would be like God if man only would obey the Devil instead of his Divine Friend and King. The result was sin, and evil, and suffering, and death. Here then is the opportunity to the Devil to make all things good. If he is able, let him come! But what is the answer from the angels, and from man, and from the demons? There is no answer. All creation is silent. No one is able to break the seals and therefore to bring in the Kingdom of God. God is not extending this invitation to be dramatic. On the contrary! God knows of the many vain efforts that have been put forward by man to work out their own salvation and the salvation of the world. Man has generated systems of thought, world systems of philosophy and social sciences, a League of Nations, a United Nations organization, and the list goes on. And all of those have met with utter failure and disaster, because basically their goal was always how to rake in more money. No human wisdom has been able to call back paradise lost. And even in the realm of religion man has generated many variations on the theme of “Do it yourself salvation”. They promised, “If you accept the Lord Jesus as your Lord and Savior you will be saved”. Have you not heard these peddlers of the goodness of man? “You can be saved tonight if you only will reach out and accept the gift that Jesus is extending to you. The Lord Jesus is begging you to accept His gift”. Is God begging from mankind? This is certainly a different god than the God of the Bible. Why would they create such a powerless god in the place of the Almighty God of the Bible? The answer again revolves around money. You attract much more people with an impotent god than with the Sovereign God of the Bible. And so you can see that at the basis of all trouble and confusion and wars and destruction lies the corruption of the nature of man. And “John wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon”. Does this not prove that the Book was not just a copy of the decree of God, but was the decree itself, and therefore the opening of the Book does not just involve a revelation of the things that must come to pass, but the realization of them and the bringing of the Kingdom of Heaven? John would not have wept so bitterly if the keeping closed of the Book meant that he would not have received a vision of the future. But John realized that if the Book is not opened, the Kingdom will never come. But now, John is comforted by one of the elders who introduces him to:

  • The Lion of the Tribe of Juda Is Worthy (Rev 5:5, Gen 49:1,9-10, Isa 11:1,2,10)

Re 5:5  And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

The elder is a representative of the church triumphant, whereas John was still in the church militant. The elder is already enjoying the victory. And now it is his privilege to announce to John who the Victor really is. The Lord Jesus Christ is announced here by two titles: “the Lion of the tribe of Juda” and “the Root of David”. Please turn in your Bibles to the prophecy of Genesis 49:1 (2X). In this chapter Jacob knows that his life is coming to an end, and Jacob gave his twelve sons his blessings before he died. These blessings turn out to be prophecies well into the NT time period. We read in Gen 49:1,

Gen 49:1 ¶ And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days (2X).

What are the Last Days? God defines the Last days in Acts, chapter 2. The Last Days in the Bible are the days from Pentecost in AD 33, until the end of time. What we find here in Gen 49 is a series of parables for each one of the tribes of Israel. And thus these parables refer to the NT time. We read in:

Gen 49:9  Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

Gen 49:10  The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering (lit: the obedience) of the people be.

Here Judah is mentioned under the symbol of a lion. This verse is a Messianic prophecy. Judah was the royal tribe, because Judah inherited the privilege of the firstborn. From him would come forth the King who would lead His people on to victory and who will defend them against their enemies. This King would have dominion forever and reign over the people of God without end. This King is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. But who is Shiloh? This verse is also a Messianic prophecy. Shiloh refers to Christ. The name Shiloh is a compound word, which means: "Whose it is", or "To whom it belongs" (2X). Paraphrased, Gen 49:10 is saying that Judah shall continue to rule his own land until Shiloh comes, and then Judah's self rule shall cease. When Shiloh comes, when He comes to whom it belongs, then unto Him shall be the obedience of the people. And in Gen 49:1 God says that this prophecy applies to the NT time. History proved this prophecy right. Except for a period of 47 years of captivity in Babylon, the Jews ruled their own affairs in the land of Judah. Even when they were under the Persian Empire, or under the Greek Empire or under the Roman Empire, the nation of the Jews was always allowed to rule their own religious affairs. But after Christ had come, after Shiloh came, after “He to whom it belongs” came, the nation of the Jews was destroyed in 70 AD, and the Jews were scattered throughout the world. This was the fulfillment of the prophecy of Gen 49:10.

Now please turn to the Prophecy of Isaiah 11:1 (2X). You find Isaiah in the middle of your Bibles just before the Prophecy of Jeremiah. Here is where you find the Lord Jesus Christ announced as “the Root of David”. We find this expression also in other parts of Scripture. For example in Rev 22:16 the Lord Jesus announced Himself and says, “I am the Root and offspring of David”. We read in Isa 11:1-2

Isa 11:1-2  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:                  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

This refers to Christ as a descendant of Jesse, the father of King David. We already know that Christ is the offspring of David, but He is also named as the Root of David, in fact as the Root of Jesse. A root bears the tree and not the tree the root. From the root the tree sprouts forth and develops.

Isa 11:10 ¶  And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

And thus these verses clearly point to the eternal characteristics of Christ. Christ is a descendant of David, but Christ existed already before Jesse was born. Please turn again to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 5:5 (2X). Of Him, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, the elder says that He has overcome to open the Book. “He has overcome” implies that He has already gained that particular victory which was required to complete the Kingdom of God. In what capacity has He gained this victory? Before the wondering eyes of John Christ appears on the scene as a Lamb that was slain.

  • The Lamb That Was Slain Is Worthy (Rev 5:6, Isa 53:7, Col 2:9, John 1:4)

Re 5:6 ¶  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

To John’s surprise here stands a Lamb. First of all, the One who was worthy to take the Book and to open its seals was announced as a Lion, but here stands a Lamb. The Lion of the tribe of Juda has overcome in the capacity of a Lamb. In fact He appeared as a Lamb that was led to the slaughter. And so He is also pictured in Scripture. We read in Isa 53:7, “He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not his mouth”. The lamb in Scripture is the symbol of most perfect submission, and therefore of absolute obedience. For that reason it is a symbol of the most perfect sacrifice to God, brought in absolute submission and obedience. Secondly, the Lamb bears the marks of having been led to the slaughter, having been sacrificed. But this Lamb does not lay down after He has been slain. Although He has been sacrificed, yet this Lamb stands and lives. Thirdly, this Lamb has seven eyes, which the text interprets as being the seven spirits of God. The Lamb has received the Spirit of God in all His fulness. That is why God can say in Col 2:9, “In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily”. And that Spirit dwells in Him, but that Spirit is also sent forth into all the Kingdom, so that He is the life of that Kingdom. That is why God says in John 1:4, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men”. His Spirit is our guiding light in all the paths of our life. Fourthly, this Lamb has seven horns. The horn is the symbol of royal power and dominion in Scripture. Seven is the symbol of completeness, or perfection, with a view to the Kingdom of God. Compare this with the power of the beast. The beast receives ten horns, and therefore he also possesses a complete dominion. But the dominion of the beast is limited by the decree of God. The Devil continually tries to change the number of his horns, as we find in the prophecy of Daniel. He received ten horns, then he destroys three of them and tries to reappear under the symbol of the number seven. But never believe him. The number seven only appears where the marks of the Lamb that has been slain also appear. The Devil appears with beautiful imitations of the Kingdom of Christ, and tries to have us enlist in his service. Watch out for those imitations of the Devil. Fifthly, the Lamb stands in the midst of the throne, and in the midst of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the 24 elders. He is the life and center of them all, and His seven Spirits pervade them all. To sum it up, this Lamb represents the Lord Jesus Christ in His humiliation and in His exaltation. He was ready to perform the will of the Father to perfection. He was ready to bear the wrath of God for our sins, and He was ready to suffer under that wrath. He was ready to walk the dark and difficult way to the cross. He was ready to give His life a ransom for many, and to fulfill all the righteousness of God. He was ready to obey, even unto the death of the cross. That is why He alone is worthy to take the Book and to open it. But not only in His humiliation, but also in His exaltation does He stand there. He died, but He arose and lives forever. He stands there, but not only as the Victor. He has already received His glory and possesses the power of the Kingdom. He possesses the Spirit who dwells in Him and who must complete the Kingdom for the Father. That Lamb is Christ crucified, but at the same time that Lamb is Christ glorified.

#3.       The Lamb Takes the Book (Rev 5:7, Matt 28:18, Dan 7:13-14)

Re 5:7  And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

What an awesome moment when Almighty God authorized the man Christ Jesus to implement all that He had planned to do. And we have this confirmed in Matt 28:18 where the Lord Jesus said to His disciples after His resurrection, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth”. Please turn in your Bibles to the prophecy of Daniel 7:13 (2X). In principle we have here the same vision as in Revelation chapters 4 and 5. However the scene is Judgment Day, the Last Day of this world. All people of the world stand for judgment and Satan as the dreadful and terrible beast was also slain and his body given to the burning flame. And there we read in Dan 7:13-14

Dan 7:13  I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

Dan 7:14  And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

This is equivalent to the Lamb taking the Book out of the right hand of God. But here we receive some additional information about the day Christ was crucified. In Daniel chapter 7 the Son of man received authority and power at the same time that all the world stood for Judgment. In other words, in Daniel there is only one Judgment Day. And this throws some light on Friday, April 3, in the year AD 33. From the NT we know that there are two judgment days in this earth’s history: first when Christ was crucified, and second when all the unsaved shall stand before the Judgment throne, as described in Rev 20:12. According to Dan 7 that is all the same judgment. And that is so true. When the Lord Jesus was crucified on Friday, April 3, in the year AD 33, He suffered and paid for the guilt of all the sins of all His elect. And when He completed their payment on the cross not one could be added and not one could be forgotten. In principle every human being who had lived and every human being who still would come into existence was already judged, because that day in AD 33 was the only day when sins were forgiven. There is no other day in the history of the world that sins can be paid and forgiven. Therefore the separation of the world into elect and reprobate was in principle finalized in AD 33, and will be implemented on the Last Day of this world. Please turn again to the prophecy of Revelation 5:8 (2X). Today, after Christ has been crucified, and after He has risen from the grave, and after He has ascended to the Father, He is exalted to the highest position. To Him all dominion is given in principle, and all power in heaven and on earth is given into His hands. Today Christ rules His church, as it has been spiritually established here on earth. It is a spiritual Kingdom now. But after the judgment of al the unsaved in Rev 20:12 He will create a new creation, a physical creation, where the saints are not only present spiritually but have also received new glorified bodies. Today Christ rules the world also. He controls all history in the Name of Him who sitteth upon the throne. He is busy in the preaching of the Gospel, busy in wars and bloodshed of the world, busy in pestilence and famine, busy in all the social relations of our time. And through them all He works out the decree. He breaks seal after seal, and brings to pass all that must come to pass, with a view to the bringing of the glorious Kingdom of God. And then He will reign over the completed Kingdom under God forever and ever. And when the 24 elders and the four living creatures see this:

  • They Sing a New Song (Rev 5:8-10, Psalm 49:4)

Re 5:8-9  And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.                  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

Re 5:10  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

The representatives of the church and of the redeemed creation take the lead in this heavenly choir. They do so, in the first place, by falling down before Him. Just as the elders fell down before Him who sits upon the throne in the previous chapter, to acknowledge that He is absolutely sovereign and that they had no independent dominion, so now the representatives of the church and of the redeemed creation acknowledge that Christ is King by falling down before Him, because He was worthy to take the Book. They fall down before the Lamb having harps and golden bowls of incense, representing the prayers of the saints. The harp in Scripture is the instrument symbolic of the prophetic office. For example we read in Psalm 49:4, “I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp”. The harp, therefore, is symbolic of the prophetic office in the highest sense of the word, namely to adore and glorify God Almighty with our lips. The golden bowls of incense representing the prayers of the saints signify that these elders and the four living creatures possess the office of priests unto God. These prayers are an expression of devotion and consecration to God. And they sing a new song. This song is new because it is not to God directly, but to the Lamb, and through the Lamb to Him. The Lamb is praised and glorified, for He is found worthy to open the Book. But it is a new song also because of its contents. It does not just speak of creation, but it speaks of glorious redemption: “for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation”. But at the same time, and through this glorification of the Lamb, it adores the incomprehensible grace of God, who gave His only begotten Son that He might bear our sins on the accursed tree. It is a song of victory, for it mentions that the Lamb “has made the saints to be kings and priests unto God, and that they reign upon the earth”. More and more creatures now appear to give glory to the Lord Jesus Christ. With sevenfold glory adoring the Lamb they sing:

  • Worthy Is the Lamb (Rev 5:11-14, Phil 2:9-11)

Re 5:11-12  And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;      Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.                 (That is sevenfold)

Re 5:13  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

Re 5:14  And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

Therefore “God through the Lamb” is the subject of this new song. This is a picture of overwhelming beauty and glory. It will surpass our boldest expectation. That Kingdom shall surely come, because Christ has already taken the Book out of the right hand of God. Seal after seal shall be broken, till the Kingdom shall have been perfected. But it will come only through the power of the Lamb that was slain. In the church, therefore, only the crucified Jesus will be known and recognized. And only those that believe in Him shall never be ashamed. God says in Phil 2:9-11,

Php 2:9-11  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:                  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;               And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

      And that agrees with what we are going to sing in Hymn # 372

At the Name of Jesus every knee shall bow, every tongue confess Him King of glory now.

It is the Father’s pleasure we should call Him Lord, who from the beginning was the mighty Word.

AMEN.                 Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.