Revelation chapter 5:9 says, “They sang a new song saying, Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals for you were slain and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” This picture in Revelation chapter five just takes Revelation four to a whole nother level because Jesus is pictured here around the throne and he’s ushering in the fulfillment of all God’s purposes for creation. Jesus is pictured as a lion-like lamb who goes to the throne, takes the scroll that contains God’s unfolding plan of redemption, begins to open it up.
Christ has purchased people from every tribe with His blood, and therefore we sing a new song.
This is what ushers in the rest of the book of Revelation after this and it talks about a new song. So, a new song in heaven and it all revolves around Jesus being worthy to take this scroll, to usher in God’s purposes in history because he was slain, because by his blood he ransomed people for God. Jesus has died on a cross for our sins. He’s been slain and with his blood he’s ransomed people for God. That means to purchase people for God. He’s bought us with his blood. This picture of my sin, your sin that separates us from God. We are in a sense the Bible teaches, captive to sin, dead in our sin, under the control of sin and evil, the devil. But Jesus has paid the price to free us from our sin, to free us from the penalty of our sin, eternal death. He’s purchased us for God. He’s made salvation possible that we might enjoy God, that we might be restored to God for all of eternity.
This is why we join in singing, “Worthy are you to take this scroll. Because you were slain, you purchased people for God”. Then it says, “From every tribe and language and people and nation”. Jesus came to die on the cross, not just for you or for me. He came to die on the cross for people from every tribe and language and people and nation. For the nations to know, not just one type of people but for all peoples in the world. All ethnic groups in the world, every tribe, every language, every people, every nation, he died for all of them. That they all might know his grace, his redemption, his ransom.
And so we look in the world today and we realize that there are still people groups, there are still tribes. I was right near one recently in Brazil in the Amazon, tribes that have yet to be contacted by the outside world and as a result have yet to hear the gospel. Jesus died to ransom people for God from that tribe. I think about the Ahar in India, Northern India. So this is a people about one and a half million and there may be absolutely no followers of Christ among them. Very unreached if not totally unreached yet by the gospel. We know, Revelation chapter five verse nine, Jesus has died to purchase, to ransom people from the Ahar in India, from uncontacted people in the Amazon of Brazil.
So we pray, God thank you. Jesus, thank you for saving us from our sins. We say with the angels here. Worthy are you to take the scroll, open its seals. Lord Jesus, we praise you for you were slain and by your blood you have ransomed us. You’ve purchased us. Thank you for paying the price for my sin, for our sin. Thank you for your blood that covers over our sin, that reconciles us to God, that gives us a hope when we read the book of Revelation, of eternal life.
All glory be to your name, Jesus, the lion-like lamb who has saved us from our sins. And we pray, God may this salvation, may the ransoming blood of Jesus be made know among all the peoples of the world, every tribe and people and nation. We pray for the Ahar in India. God, please cause the Ahar to know your love in Christ. God, we pray for uncontacted people in the Amazon. We pray that you would cause your grace, your glory, the good news of what Christ has done on the cross to be made known among them. God, we pray for the spread of the gospel to 6,000 plus unreached people groups right now.
God, we pray that you would do that. You would use our lives to bring that about. Use our resources, our giving to bring that about. Use our going, our sending from our churches. God, we pray that you would help us. Help us not to just sit back and enjoy the salvation you’ve given us while we ignore people and tribes and languages and nations that have yet to hear this good news. God, may that not be the commentary of our lives and our churches. God, we pray in light of the glory of Christ in Revelation chapter five verse nine, use us to make this gospel, your glory, known to the ends of the earth. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.