When our pastor taught this passage, and explained why it is significant that Jesus is standing, I got really excited. There are times when I miss so much in my daily studies! One little word can be so important, yet I can just skip right over it and move on without noticing.
“And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. And He came, and He took it out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.” ~Revelation 5:6-7
John saw “a Lamb standing, as if slain”. Our Passover Lamb, Jesus, was crucified and rose from the dead. The number seven is symbolic of wholeness, completion, perfection. Horns are symbols of power and authority and strength. And I’ve already explained the seven Spirits (Isaiah 11:2). It is the book, the scroll that Jesus alone is worthy to open.
And He is standing! Throughout the New Testament, we are told that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God, making intercession for the Church. I am so humbled- and thankful!- that He prays for me!
Romans 8:34~ “who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.” (the other verses in this passage are so good- “If God is for us, who is against us?” vs. 31)
Ephesians 1:20~ “which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,”
Hebrews 7:25~ “Hence, also, He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”
Hebrews 12:2~ “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
While looking up these verses, I found a passage that tells us that the Holy Spirit, also, prays for us!
Romans 8:25-28~ “But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
John witnessed the Lamb standing. Why is this significant? Because when Jesus ascended to heaven, He sat down at the right hand of God, and has been praying for us, the Church. But now, here in Revelation, the Church has been called up to heaven, so His prayer job is done. One more reassurance that we will be raptured, taken out and away from the earth, before the Tribulation begins. Jesus will now begin preparing the earth for His second coming.