12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
In Revelation, John shares a prophesy that is full of symbols and imagery. Although sometimes symbols seem confusing, symbols can actually help us to better understand something by telling it in a different way. Throughout the book, Jesus is often symbolized as a lamb. In Old Testament times, a sacrificial lamb was offered in a symbolic ceremony. The lamb symbolized Jesus Christ and his atonement and death for us.
There are many other symbols in the book of Revelation. For example, candlesticks represent the churches in John’s day. John also describes Satan as a “dragon”. The plan of salvation is symbolized by a sealed scroll that only the lamb can open. Only through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice can we overcome sin and death.
In Revelation 3:20, it says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” This is a reminder that Christ is there for us, but we must let him into our lives and our hearts.
At Christmastime, many of our decorations are symbolic. For example, candy canes may symbolize the shepherd’s crook, a wreath may symbolize eternal life, and the star on the top of the Christmas tree represents the new star that appeared at Jesus’ birth.
“As Lamb of God, Jesus’s divine mission was foreordained and rejoiced in by apostles and prophets. His Atonement, infinite and eternal, is central to the plan of happiness and the purpose of creation. He assures us that He carries us next to His heart.” Gerrit W. Gong
How do symbols help us to learn about the gospel? (Discuss ideas)
Why is Jesus symbolized by a lamb? (Discuss ideas)
What does the symbol of the Savior knocking on a door represent? (Discuss ideas)
How can we invite the Savior into our lives? (Discuss ideas)
What symbols other can you find in our Christmas decorations? (Discuss ideas.)
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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