Some thoughts from last Sunday evening, for those who weren’t there.
The name “Jesus” with His title “Christ” occurs exactly seven times in the Book of Revelation. Five of those seven are in the first chapter. The last is in the last verse in the book (Revelation 22:21), which is the only place in the book He is called “Lord Jesus Christ.”
The name “Jesus” without His title “Christ” also occurs exactly seven times in the Book of Revelation. All of these come after the sixth reference to “Jesus Christ”, and before the final reference to “Jesus Christ.” The last is in the next to the last verse in the book (Revelation 22:20), which is the only place in the book He is called “Lord Jesus.”
That is all interesting, but despite the prominence of the number seven in Revelation, I’m not sure that it has any great significance here.
I am sure this does have significance, though. Jesus is called “the Lamb” 28 times in Revelation, twice as often as He is called “Jesus” (with or without the title “Christ”). The first reference is in chapter 5, with continuing references all the way through to the last chapter. It’s evident that God wants to remind us, repeatedly, of Christ’s redeeming work as we read Revelation.
Perhaps this is because the Lamb of God is portrayed as being very active in the judgment of an unbelieving world in this book. It is because He came, as a man, to become the Lamb, the Redeemer, that this authority to judge is given to Him:
26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
|Chapter 5||A LAMB AS IT HAD BEEN SLAIN||Worthy|
|Chapter 6||THE LAMB OPENING THE BOOK||Judging|
|Chapter 7||THE LAMB IN THE MIDST OF THE THRONE||Feeding|
|Chapter 13||THE LAMB SLAIN||Life-giving|
|Chapter 14||THE LAMB ON MOUNT SION||Leading|
|Chapter 15||THE LAMB OF THE SONG||Ruling in Justice and Truth|
|Chapter 17||THE LAMB IN BATTLE||Overcoming|
|Chapter 19||THE LAMB OF THE MARRIAGE SUPPER||Loving|
|Chapter 21||THE LAMB OF NEW JERUSALEM||Giving Light|
|Chapter 22||THE LAMB OF THE THRONE||Reigning Forever|
Just to mention John 1:29, which summarizes much of the above – “behold the lamb of G-d who takes away the sins of the world…”
Yes, I preached on that passage the week before, and noted it on Sunday evening as well.
Not sure which translation you are using, but it is ‘sin’, not ‘sins.’ It matters because He didn’t just come to take away our individual sins but also to remove our bent to sinning, our whole sin problem. Thus, the singular is used.
Agreed – just copied it down wrong.