“Remember whose you are and that you were bought with a price.”
I have used this phrase as my children were heading out for the day…or out on their own. It’s not mine. A wonderful young mom shared this with me years ago as she lovingly recalled the customary way her mom sent this gal and her siblings daily out the door and into the world.
What is your favorite book in the Bible? My husband has a good answer for this question, which usually is true for me too. He says his favorite book is the one in which he’s currently reading.
Today, though, I claimed a specific chapter for my favorite: Revelation 5. I’ve always loved the picture in this passage of John, first sobbing to find someone worthy to open the heavenly scrolls, then comforted because One worthy had been found after all. He is told the Lion of Judah is worthy, but when he turns to look on this mighty lion he sees instead a Lamb “standing, as though it had been slain.”
It was verse 9 which caught my heart this morning. “…by your blood you purchased [or ransomed] people for God…” That Christ would endure not only the horrors of crucifixion, but also absorb on my behalf the righteous, stored-up wrath of his father to ransom me from the fallen kingdom in which I dwelt was more than I could read with dry eyes today.
The verse continued, “…you purchased people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” To think that God is calling a people to himself from every age and from every language and people; that someday I will stand among this diverse throng declaring the eternal worth of the Son in purchasing us for God with his own blood—I am without words to express my awe.
Only the doxologies in Revelation 5 (vv. 12-14) could give words to my praise. They are the words of heaven and allowed my heart to release its swelling gratitude.
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
It is no wonder that the four living creatures in heaven declare “amen” or “so be it.” It is no wonder the elders declare their allegiance by falling down and worshiping. With bowed head and heart…so did I.