Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Advent reading: Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Revelation 5:1-14
John reveals the glory of the completed work of Christ—the exalted Lamb of God.

 

Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne  a scroll written within and on the back,  sealed with seven seals.  2 And  I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”  3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it,  4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it.  5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold,  the Lion  of the tribe of Judah,  the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

6   And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw  a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with  seven eyes, which are  the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.  7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne.  8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders  fell down before the Lamb,  each holding a harp, and  golden bowls full of incense,  which are the prayers of the saints.  9 And 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,

10 and you have made them  a kingdom and priests to our God,

and they shall reign on the earth.”

11   Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering  myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,  12 saying with a loud voice,  “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”  13 And I heard  every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”  14 And the four living creatures  said, “Amen!” and the elders  fell down and worshiped.

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(Daily Advent readings adapted from those originally compiled at Parish Presbyterian Church, references listed at this website .)

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One Response to “Advent reading: Tuesday, December 20, 2011”

  1. Thank you for providing these readings. I’m working for the first time during the Christmas season and these passages have been my way to really worship God this seaon. Thank you so much.

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