Jesus’ disciple John had a vision of Jesus in heaven – specifically Jesus because He is named as the Lamb, or Lamb of God, the very Son of God who also made Himself the Sacrifice for mankind’s sin — a human and very special version of the OT sin offering of a perfect, unblemished sacrificial lamb.
John sees a similar picture to Isaiah’s and describes it in more detail.
6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the centre of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
7 He went and took the scroll from the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
8 And when He had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.
9 And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.
12 In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honour and glory and praise!”
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever!”
14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshipped.
To reflect on
What it was it like in Heaven?
Who are the principal persons in this scene?
Notice what the elders were carrying – what is the significance of this?
Who went to take the scroll? What qualifications were necessary to receive it? What assignment or honour did the scroll contain?