Worthy the Lamb

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center 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.  He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.  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.  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.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
    and they will reign on the earth.”
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.  In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!”

  • Revelation 5:6-12

The photo above is a real fur hat.  It is an Ushanka, but most people call it a Russian hat.  Odd, when you look at different styles, it is closer to a Polish tank officer cap than it is to the much taller Russian variety.

But I am not shying away from it being a fur hat.  I may have just lost the animal lovers, but if death of an animal makes you want to have no part in something, then are you rejecting Jesus?  Jesus was the lamb that was slaughtered so that we could live.

There has been animal death to clothe humans since the Fall of man.  In Genesis 3:21, God made clothing for Adam and Eve out of skin.  It never says what skin, but there was some sort of animal sacrifice from the very beginning, after the Fall.  Before the Fall, there was no death.  Our avoiding the death of an animal and thinking that we are better than that, denies the basic concept of our fallen world and personal brokenness.

If you do not wish to eat meat, you still need protein.  I have known family members who decided to give up meat and became very ill as a result.  But done properly, it is an adequate lifestyle.  But it is important to know why.  What is our motivation in not being omnivores?  I am on a diet that reduces fermentable carbohydrates.  Part of it avoids wheat as much as possible, but it is not the gluten, the protein, that I am avoiding.  For medical reasons, avoiding one type of food is perfectly acceptable and encouraged.

But avoiding killing animals because the thought makes you squeamish… ?  Christ’s death on the cross should make us all squeamish.  He suffered great pain, for us.  It is the whole “while we were yet sinners” thing.  We did nothing to deserve Him taking our place.  We should be on that cross instead.

But back to my fur hat.  It is a Tuscany Lamb fur hat.  Each time I wear it, which is seldom – just way too hot – I am reminded that my Savior was the Lamb that was slain.  “Worthy is the Lamb.”

I like reminders. Whenever I take communion, I close my eyes and see Jesus’ face, blood streaking down from the crown of thorns, face in anguish. I told my father this about fifty years ago and he admonished me to not do that. It smacked of a Roman Catholic crucifix with Jesus still hanging from the cross. But for me, the mental image is a reminder that my salvation came at a great cost to the one human being who had done no wrong.

You see, I never want to ascribe to the modern woke agenda that we are gods ourselves, that we can do a better job without God than God could ever do.  We can avoid killing.  We can clean the air on the planet.  We can …

Nope.  We cannot. I am a sinner, saved by Grace.  I want those reminders, like a fur hat, that says that I am about to die and go to Heaven, and I did nothing to deserve that.  If I became woke, I would think that I accomplished something outside my capabilities to accomplish.  And in time, I would forget the God who sent His Son to die for my sake.

I doubt if I have convinced any fur haters, but as for me, I shall join those in a loud voice…

In a loud voice they were saying:
‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!

  • Revelation 5:12

Good Friday is a day of remembrance. Easter is coming. Happy Easter, everyone.  The Lamb that was slain has risen!

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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  1. atimetoshare.me April 2, 2021 — 11:51 am

    I think we need to be reminded of the cost of our salvation regularly. Whether you choose to have an image of Christ on the cross as you commune or whatever means it takes to stir that emotion. Being covered in his blood doesn’t stir pleasant imagery, but it was the only way for us to receive full atonement. Happy Easter to you and your family!

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    • Thank you for your comments. Some people make walls to protect what is holy, and do so to the point of not seeing what is holy themselves. It is indeed an unpleasant image, and I think we need to know that it was far from “pleasant.” Happy Easter to you and your family as well.

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