May 3

Revelations 5:11-14

“Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing, ‘To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!’” vs. 13

We who pride ourselves on our rational thinking and scientific view of the universe don’t quite know what to do with the visions found in the book of Revelations. To some they seem bizarre and difficult to understand. Others take them literally and have devised quite remarkable predictions about future events. What we sometimes miss in our reading is the beauty and majesty John was intending to communicate. In the picture painted in these verses he imagines every creature in the universe offering a song of praise to the Lamb who is the Christ…not just humans, but fish and puppies and birds, all singing in a majestic unnumbered chorus before the throne of God. It’s a vivid reminder that the entire creation is the incarnation of God and that all things bear the stamp of their Maker. What’s even more spectacular is that the song they sing is heard regularly in thousands of our congregations as a part of worship. It’s a beautiful song of praise…and it comes to our liturgies from the portion of scripture that we least understand. It’s just another indicator that the wisdom of God is beyond human understanding!

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