slain lamb of Revelation 5
October 16, 2007
This is the post I wanted to write before deciding to rather write the previous post. I did a class-sermon last Wednesday. My previous class-sermon was quite a bad experience, so I was a little bit stressed-up about this one, but our class is approaching class-sermons in a very positive way these days, listening to them like real sermons, and not simply to pull them apart.
We had to preach from revelation, and since tiaan said he’s going to preach from Revelation 4, and we followed on each other, I decided upon 5. Revelation 5 is the part about the lamb who has been slain. It portrayes a cosmic crisis, a cosmic dead-end. No one can be found to open the scroll…
I started the sermon by pointing to our own dead ends, especially that which we experience when people die. I experienced something like this in my first year when a couple of friends died. I saw the same thing the previous weekend at our camp. When people close to us die, we sometimes experience this as a dead end. And when we believe in a God that plan anything, then this God could easily become the one that cause dead ends.But Revelation give us another picture. When we get a cosmic dead end, it’s not Christ coming with sword and might to fix things, but rather the lamb that was slain. It’s the lamb that know pain, it’s a God that can understand the pain of people, because of the crucified Jesus (Moltmann?).
This give us hope, a God that understand, with whom we can identify, to whom we can turn in pain, in dead ends. This lamb was the one that provided a new outcome to a cosmic dead end. And looking back, we find God in pain, with us…
well, something like that that went through my mind