Tuesday, March 13, 2018

He's Got The Whole World In His Hands

There is a children's song that most of us have learned: He's got the whole world in His hands. He's got the itty bitty baby in His hands. He's got a-you and me brother in His hands. He's got a-you and me sister in His hands. He's got the whole world in His hands.

Believe it or not, Revelation chapter 5 shows the deep theology behind that simple children's song. He really does have the whole world in His hands! The previous chapter in Revelation (chapter 4) is one of the grandest in the entire Bible. The reader is given a picture of heaven and the throne of God. John wrote of the vision he saw and how all the universe focused upon the throne of God. The throne is a real throne in a real place where a real God dwells. The throne is a place of unapproachable light and unending praise! The Bible describes lightning, thunder, and a rainbow that surrounds the throne. In the midst of this scene, John notices a little detail.

Revelation 5:1 "I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals."

In the midst of this dramatic scene in heaven, John tells us about a book in God's hand. Literally it is a scroll.

  • A SCROLL
This little scroll is sealed shut. God Himself is actually holding a scroll in His hand. What is this scroll? This scroll contains God's plans for the climactic end to the world. God literally HOLDS THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS. It is not just a children's song! He's got the whole world in His hand by holding this scroll!

God's full purpose for the earth will remain unaccomplished until this scroll is opened. Opening the scroll sets the ball rolling. Once it is opened, there is no stopping what is going to happen. The realization of this scroll gives way to a search to find somebody to open it. 
  • A SEARCH
Revelation 5:2-3 "And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals? And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it."

Opening this scroll will begin the process of riding the earth of everything bad. Finding someone to open this scroll will start the process that will bring an end to death, disease, and disaster. It is all written on this scroll that is in God's hand. Heaven begins to search for someone to open the scroll, but the search comes back empty. 

In fact, the search gives way to silence...nobody can approach the throne. The emotion of the moment causes John to begin to sob

Revelation 5:4 "Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it."

Imagine that...no one in heaven was great enough to approach the throne and open the scroll and bring an end to all the bad things we see happening in our world today. The Apostle Paul is in heaven, but he is not great enough to take the scroll. Billy Graham entered heaven a few weeks ago, but Billy Graham wouldn't dare approach the throne and try to take this scroll from the Father's hand. NOBODY is powerful enough or has enough authority to open the scroll and rule the earth. 

The emotion of all this causes John to cry. While he is crying, someone stops him and reveals the solution to the problem. 

Revelation 5:5 "One of the elders said to me, stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals."

  • A SAVIOR
The scroll that gave way to a search could only have one solution: a savior! Jesus is not just the savior down here, but also, He is the savior up there! The introduction of the Lamb is both strange and comforting to John. The Lamb is Jesus Himself; He was there all along. 

Revelation 5:6-7 "And I saw between the throne and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne."

Wow! Wow! Wow! Jesus, who was already standing in the midst of the throne, TAKES the scroll out of the Father's hand. Now Jesus is holding the whole world in His hands! Only God can approach the throne. A mere mortal could never take this book from the Father's hand. Jesus is not a mere mortal. Jesus is the God-man. The Father does not share the glory of His throne with anybody...except Himself! Do I fully understand everything about the Trinity? No I don't. Do I fully believe everything the Bible tells me about the Trinity? Yes I do!

Jesus is God! All the lights and praise of heaven are shining upon Him as He is the only one worthy to take the scroll from the Father's hand and begin the process of fixing this world. The remainder of chapter 5 is a praise service for Jesus. All of heaven gives glory to Jesus for His death on the cross and ability to rule the earth. He has the whole world in His hands!

Revelation 5:12 "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing."

No matter what problem you might be facing today, will you stop and give glory and honor and blessing to the One who hold the whole world in His hands? If Jesus is capable of fixing all the world's problems, do you trust Him today to sovereignly take care of you?

He's got the whole world in His hands. He is worthy of your praise today. Despite what you may be facing, submit to Christ and place it in His hands and give Him glory. Join in heaven's song and sing:

Revelation 5:13 "To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever."

Give God all the glory and honor! He's got the whole world in His hands.