Revelation 5:4 KJV
(4) And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
For us to understand the great emotions that John felt, we need to remember the book’s (scroll’s) symbolism. The book is a listing of the eternal inheritance awaiting the saints of God. Opening the book is a picture of this great inheritance being revealed to the saints of God in eternity. As long as the book remained closed, the saints of God are unable to receive this wonderful inheritance that is awaiting them.
This is the basis of John’s great sorrow…at this point in the vision, no one has been deemed worthy to open the book and it appears as if the saints will never receive their eternal inheritance.
Listen to how John describes the outward display of sorrow and sense of loss that he felt… “I wept much”. In other words, “I uncontrollably wailed aloud” which was much like mourners at a funeral who are overwhelmed with grief at the loss of a precious, loved one.
Folks, can we imagine what was going through John’s mind at this point in time? No longer did he have the hope of: a reunion with departed loved ones; a glorified body providing a rest from sickness, pain and weakness; an existence separated from the influence and effects of a sinful fallen world; and most importantly, no longer a confidence that He will spend eternity in the very presence of His Lord and God.
No wonder He wailed so pitifully.
How often do we thank the Lord for His promises of the eternal blessings awaiting us?
Do we ever give thought to the blessing of a Godly faith that allows us to be confident of these blessed promises we are given?
Keep in mind, all of these promises comfort the heart of only those who have been blessed with a Godly faith. A Godly faith is what supplies the substance and evidence of these promises that are yet unseen…
Hebrews 11:1 KJV Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
As we enter our day, and face its many challenges and trials, lets always keep in mind these great promises that bring comfort to our soul and the wondrous faith we have been given that makes them so real to us!
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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