Worthy is the Lamb
Not only does the 22nd Psalm detail Jesus’ crucifixion in precise ways (vv. 1-21), it also foretells the worthiness of the risen Lamb (vv. 22-31). He is worthy of receiving power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and blessing (Revelation 5:12) because:
- His atoning sacrifice for humanity’s sin was accepted. “I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will praise You. You who fear the Lord, praise Him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, and fear Him, all you offspring of Israel! For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, nor has He hidden His face from Him; but when He cried to Him, He heard” (vv. 22-24).
- His sovereign authority upon His throne is universal. “My praise shall be of You in the great assembly; I will pay My vows before those who fear Him. The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever! All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You. for the kingdom is the Lord’s, and He rules over the nation” (vv. 25-28).
- His gospel of salvation and reconciliation is available to all generations until the end of the age. “All the prosperous of the earth shall eat and worship; all those who go down to the dust shall bow before Him, even he who cannot keep himself alive. A posterity shall serve Him. It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation; they will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, that He has done this” (vv. 29-31).
“Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13).