“And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.” ~ Revelation 5:5
Why was the Apostle John weeping? Because he longed to know the true meaning in the scriptures. He recognized that they reveal to us our only hope. They open our eyes to the one true and faithful God who is our very creator, and upon whom our life depends. Only the one and true Lord can wipe away the sorrow and deep hurt. The pain that afflicts mankind because of sin and its very selfish purposes. Therefore, God sent his Son to heal!
Jesus Christ began his ministry on earth by declaring this scripture which prophesied of him hundreds of years before he came.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord , and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord , that he might be glorified.” ~ Isaiah 61:1-3
Only Jesus can remove the curse of sin from our lives and wipe away our tears! Sin hardens the heart. Why? Because the results of sin is too deeply painful to reveal to others. Therefore we must harden our heart, lest we break down completely in tears and despair! Jesus is the only one who will not only make the hardened heart tender, but also heal the hurt so that we can go on. With his healing, we can face every hardship that comes for the gospel’s sake.
The prophecies concerning God’s plans for his people were not fulfilled in a literal kingdom on earth. Nor will they ever be! They have already been fulfilled in the hearts of those who have let Jesus heal them of the hardness and pain of sin.
“For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” ~ Isaiah 30:19-21
Jesus, the lion of the tribe of Judah, also comforts us as a gentle lamb. He instructed his disciples that they would face difficulties from those who hate the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ. But he promised that he would never leave us without help from the Comforter, the Spirit of God!
“If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” ~ John 14:15-18
But for him to come to us, we must show we really want him to come, and for the right reason. We cannot be coming with a load of personal “I wants.” That same selfish attitude is what deceived us, and got us in trouble in the first place. Even if we claim to serve God, (or even to be a minister of God), we need a complete broken hearted weeping to really move him to open the eyes of every soul! We need to be like the Apostle John who said “I wept much!”
“Therefore also now, saith the Lord , turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil… …Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord , weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord , and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?” ~ Joel 2:12-13, and 17
So if we claim to be saved, where is the burden of our heart? If it really is for lost souls, it is weeping. The lost so desperately need a revelation of Jesus Christ! We desperately need Jesus to open the seals today!
If you are lost, you should be weeping also. Quit playing and get serious concerning the condition of your soul!
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” ~ James 4:8-10