Rev 5:1-10; Ps 149 The lamb has made us a kingdom of priest to serve our God; Luke 19:41-44
"The lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has triumphed, enabling him to open the scroll with its seven seals.Then I saw standing in the midst of the throne and the four living creatures and the elders the lamb that seemed to have been slain. He had seven horns and seven eyes; these are the seven spirits of God sent out into the world. He came and received the scroll from the right hand of the one who sat on the throne.."
This is a common image that we see on the front of Altars. The depiction we receive from the book of revelation is brought to us on a regular basis when we go to celebrate the Eucharist.
It reminds us that the consummation of history is not random or moved by chance but deliberate and determined by the lamb that seemed to be slain. Jesus is the orchestrater of history unfolding. He is the Lord of history, all of history.
When we look around and get discouraged or frustrated, the lamb that seemed to be slain but isn't is meant to give us courage. W care in his grip.
The painful and destructive process of the end times and consummation of history reflects one important reality that unfolds for us in the gospel today.
Jesus cries over stubborn rebellion humanity. His tears are not only meant for the Jewish leaders of his day but for all of us who experience our own rebellion against God and fight our own stubbornness to change.
The gospel ends with these words it is a warning and exhortation for us, "because you did not recognize the time of your visitation."
How often does Jesus weep for you and I because we like the leaders of the day fail to recognize the time of visitation?
We get so caught up in our plans that we lose sight of providence. In order to recognize the day of visitation we must leave room for God's plan to unfold in and through our life.
Thus slowly our stubbornness and rebellion natures are tamed, purified, transformed.
Thus we leaner the pathway to surrender to the lamb that will open the seals and bring forth the consummation of history.