Revelation 5:6-10 (NIVUK)
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.’
What an amazing picture of the breadth of Christ’s achievement! Through his death on the Cross, Jesus has reached out to all people throughout all time to form a people to reign for him. What an amazing picture of the nature of prayer too, here pictured as incense brought on bowls right into God’s presence.
Thank you Jesus for your powerful sacrifice for us. May our daily lives reflect our thankfulness.