And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation…” —Revelation 5:9
Jesus is worthy. He is worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing, as verse 12 of the same chapter indicates. He is the only one worthy to open the seals. Christ reigns supreme in the universe but was willing to redeem us by His blood. We are supremely unworthy to receive such a gift. This displays the magnificent love of our God and King.
God is no respecter of persons and does not differentiate based on nationality. He has made a way for all of mankind to be redeemed if any would call upon His name and place their trust in Him. This is the supreme act of love: the exclusively worthy King of the universe humbling Himself to death for the sake of a people who don’t deserve it. How great is our God!
Therefore we have great reason to celebrate as we reflect upon the sacrificial nature of God’s love. He sets the example for us in word and deed. We, too, as the body of Christ should seek to love others sacrificially—whether they deserve it or not.
Putting love into action can sometimes be difficult even towards those closest to us. It is never convenient and many times requires us to die to ourselves. Jesus calls us to an even higher challenge to love our enemies. Love does not mean gushy feelings. It is a willingness to do the hard thing because it is right—even when we don’t feel like it.
Let us follow in the way of Christ and seek to love in even greater measure as we are empowered by His Spirit.
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. —John 15:13