Thursday: 22nd November, 2018
Reference text: Revelations 5:1-10
Revelation 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
I am pretty sure a number of us are familiar with the words of this story, but let us remind ourselves:
‘There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have.’
Even when read with rapt attention, one is still likely to read those words a second time because they don’t make perfect sense when read the first time, that is a classic play on words. However, in our reading from Revelations, without the long play and mincing of words, there is one fact made clear: there was a job to be done, and no one had the capacity to do it but one person.
When John wept because no one was worthy to open those seals, he was told: ‘the Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered and could open them’. Now, that should get our minds thinking and set our hearts racing to ponder on this, ‘what sets that person described apart, so much that only He has the ability to do what no one else can?’
Beloved, we may have grown to accept some things as impossible for anyone to do, but today, Jesus wants to defy all our set logic with the question: ‘Have you tried me?’ Even though He ought to be our first point of call, for whatever reasons, we sometimes find ourselves heading elsewhere. Regardless, that question still hangs: ‘Have you tried Jesus yet?’
If you haven’t, then you are in no position to sign off and conclude a situation as impossible when Jesus has not had a go. He is the Lord God of all flesh, nothing is too hard for Him.
Remember # impossibility has never existed in the vocabulary bank of God, and you certainly won’t be the one inscribing it there.