“And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,’Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed’” (Revelation 15:3-4 ESV).
Isn’t God amazing? I wonder if the impact of who God is often gets through into how we live each day. This is the song of the triumphant Christians in the book of Revelation. Although in many ways a puzzling book, the message that comes ringing through on virtually every page is quite simple: Jesus wins! And if we are with Jesus, we win, too!
Notice that this song is described as “the song of Moses…and the song of the Lamb.” After the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, Moses and the people sang a song about the triumph of God over the Egyptians, emphasizing how great God was. “Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11). No wonder the song the victorious Christians were singing in Revelation was described as “the song of Moses” – it, too, is about God being victorious because of who he is.
But it is more than just the song of Moses – it is also “the song of the Lamb.” We first saw the Lamb back in chapter 5, who alone was worthy to open the seals of the scroll. It is because the Christians “follow the Lamb wherever he goes” (Revelation 14:4) that they are victorious over the forces of the Devil. It truly is the song of the Lamb, who gives his people the victory.
The reason for the victory is simple – God is behind it. He is the one with the great and amazing deeds. He is the one who is just and true. All should fear and glorify him because he alone is holy. All nations will worship him because his righteous acts have been shown. This is the reason for our great victory over Satan – and it shows how amazing God is!
At this time of year, people throughout the world think of a baby in a manger. Although we may disagree that this is when Jesus was born, isn’t it great that he came into the world? Can you imagine it? The Creator coming to live among the things that he made!
But he didn’t come to give us a reason to sing carols about a baby. He came to live on the earth, to provide us a perfect example of living for God. He came to die, to be that perfect sacrificial lamb that would pay the price for our sins once for all time. And he came to rise from death, giving us the hope that we have of conquering death and having eternal life.
Let us remember how great God is and the reason why Jesus had to come to the earth – to die as the Lamb who would give us the victory. That is worth celebrating!
Readings for next week:
19 December – Revelation 16-17
20 December – Revelation 18
21 December – Revelation 19-20
22 December – Revelation 21
23 December – Revelation 22