Meditation Mondays: Revelation 5:1-4: God's Right Hand
5 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. 4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. (NKJV)
John is weeping. He is weeping because no creature ever created is worthy. And only one that is worthy can open the scroll and disclose its content. In this vision, we are given a picture of the Father holding this sealed scroll in His right hand. The fact that this scroll is held by the right hand of the Father is significant because Jesus is seated; ruling and reigning at the right hand of God (Acts 5:31; 1 Pt. 3:22; Hebrews 1:3).
The scroll is about the reign of Jesus. This sealed scroll is at the hand where Christ is seated and as we will see next week, He is the only one worthy to open it. The scroll is about His Kingdom that He brought in His life, death, resurrection and ascension, and the contents of that scroll are concerned with how that Kingdom looks. So, today, we see that John weeps, but He will soon be comforted as the Lion of Judah takes the scroll and opens it.
Jesus has all authority and is the only one worthy to grant access into His Kingdom.