Rev. 5:5 “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.”
Yesterday, marks the passing of one of the gallant soldier of God of our age, bro. Richard L.S. Gan of the Church in Singapore. A true apostle of God whose ministry was greatly used to strengthen not only my faith and the faith of the Church here in Makati, but also the faith of the Bride of Christ all over the world. He maybe a great loss to the Church, but his ministry has ignited many others to courageously serve our Lord. Here is an excerpt of his exposition of Revelation 5:5 taken from his book “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” that has greatly impacted my life and made me realize that I am a great sinner and the Lord Jesus Christ is a Great Savior!:
“Do you know what trepidation Jesus had, in the Garden of Gethsemane, when it came to the drinking of the cup of suffering and death that He prayed so earnestly to God to let it pass from Him? Can you feel the pain of Jesus when “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth” (Isa.53:7)? Can you visualize Him in the Prætorium, and feel His pain and agony, when those wicked soldiers scourged Him, beat Him, mocked Him, spat upon Him and plunged a crown of thorns deep into the flesh of His head? He was so bloody. What about the humiliation He faced when they crucified Him on the cross and even took away the ‘garment of decency’ from Him, leaving Him completely naked? Can you understand why Jesus cried, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” while He was dying on Calvary’s Cross (Mk.15:34)? Can you? Can you continue to live in sin after knowing all that Christ had gone through especially for you? Think about it.
Why did He do all that for us? Because the Love of God compelled Him. Why did He drink that bitter cup? Because He was God’s Grace and Mercy to us. But why? So that He could go right up to the throne of grace and mercy, take that seven-seal Book from the right hand of God Who sits on the throne, break those Seven Seals and claim redemption! So that He could claim the earth, especially the predestinated seeds of God that fell short of the glory of God! If you are a predestinated seed, you would not hesitate to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (cf. Acts 2:38). You should be grateful. And having received His Spirit of Life, you should walk worthy of that Gospel Light. Amen. Redemption has come. Hallelujah! The bleeding Lamb of God was the supreme price that God had paid for you and me.”
We will truly miss you brother! See you in that Glorious Day!
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