11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 singing with full voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honour and glory and blessing!’ 13Then 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 honour and glory and might for ever and ever!’ 14And the four living creatures said, ‘Amen!’ And the elders fell down and worshipped. Revelation 5:11-14
Today’s text affords a glimpse all the way into the end of time as we see the universal chorus of creation caught up in worship and adoration of the Lamb. First we see an innumerable chorus of angels, “myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,” joining in worship of the Lamb slaughtered for the sin of the world.
Although they are not the object of the Lamb’s saving death, still the angels are filled with awe and adoration of the Lamb and his cross. The angels praise the one who was made lower than the angels (Hebrews 2:9) that he might save Adam’s helpless race. With full, celestial voices, the angels are singing: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered.”
Then along with heaven’s angels and a redeemed humanity, we see “every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing.” No creature will be left out of the praise of the Lamb! All are caught up in worship of Jesus and his cross!
One can only imagine what that will be like, and how glorious will be the sound, as with celestial voices we will join with then, “10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11).
Let us today join our hearts and voices with the hosts above in praise and
worship of the Lamb:
“O that with yonder sacred throng
We at his feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song,
And crown him, crown him,
Crown him, Lord of all!”
– Edward Perronet, All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
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