We continue in the obscure as we read through chapter 5. Still in the throne room there is a break in the worship and the scroll appears. No one was able to open the scroll in all of heaven. To show the importance of the scroll we find John weeping because no one can open it. Enter the Lion of the tribe of Judah. The images of Jesus as the mighty lion emerge, and we await this figure like Aslan from CS Lewis fame to appear. Next on the scene, the Lamb, and it looks like it has been slain. That is a far cry form the Lion image just two lines earlier. The Lion of Judah is a slain Lamb, and that is our hope for opening the scroll? Yup.
The power of the Lamb lie not in its strength like the lion, though we should not doubt that strength. The strength comes in the willingness to be the sacrifice for all of creation so that all may enter in. The Lamb has the power to open the scroll which no one else can open. Power purchased by blood. When the Lamb enters the room the worship kicks into another gear. The angels come in by the thousands and give glory to the Lamb that was slain. By the end of the chapter we see the Lamb and the One who sits on the throne being given equal footing. As all of creation, in heaven, on earth and under the earth, worship them both.
The power which unlocks that which no one else can, is found in Jesus, the Lamb. The key to salvation is in the Lamb, the key to true worship is found in the Lamb. The key to life and breath is found in the Lamb. So perhaps it is time to stop striving to find that with in ourselves and let the Lamb do His job.