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Daily Devotional Revelation 5

Jesus is given many names in Revelation, including one that is written on Him “that no one knows but himself” (Rev. 19:12). But one name is repeated more than any other: Jesus is called the “Lamb.”

Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain.


In Revelation 5, the Lamb causes the four living creatures and the 24 elders to sing a new song while holding harps in their hands (vv. 8–9). Once again, prayer is at the center of true worship. Besides musical instruments, they also hold golden bowls of incense that are the prayers of God’s people (v. 8). Our prayers today can set our hearts and prepare the way for a new song of praise.

Notice what precipitates this new song. John repeatedly says, “I saw.” He details all the things he saw in heaven: a scroll with seven seals (v. 1), a mighty angel (v. 2), and the Lion of Judah, the Root of David who is the Lamb looking as if slain (v. 5–6). We too are to truly see Christ and to seek “the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” (Col. 3:1). When we behold Christ, we sing a new song. This song describes a future day when the Lamb alone will take the scroll from His Father’s hand and open its seals (v. 9). Each seal will initiate future global events (Rev. 6–8) before Christ’s return.

We sing the gospel message of a Lamb who was slain, who redeems those who repent and believe in Him out of all nations (v. 9). As the song of the Lamb declares, “all nations will come and worship before you” (Rev. 15:4). Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).

Go Deeper

What is the significance of Jesus’ name as the Lamb of God? Why do you think this name is given such importance in Revelation?

Pray with Us:

Thank You, holy Lamb of God, for your eternal sacrifice! May we never see Your cross as merely a symbol. May we never take it for granted. We long for the time when we will see You and hear the song of the Lamb.

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