“You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”  —Revelation 4:11

"…They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.  12  In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”  —Revelation 5:11-12

The book of Revelation (no “s”) is largely about worship.  Though there is much to learn about worship from Revelation two points loom large in my mind as I read these passages in chapters 4 and 5.

First, God is to be worshiped on two essential counts.  He is the Creator and He is the Redeemer.  Sadly, worshiping God for being Creator has faded into the background for many, though this is prominent in the Psalms—and here in Revelation 4.  As creatures, we must worship God as our Creator.  Since we (mankind, in Adam) threw ourselves and creation into a mess due to sin (Genesis 3:17-19), we and the creation need a Redeemer.  The good news is that the Son of God, Jesus, is that Redeemer—and He is the one and only Redeemer (Acts 4:12).

Second, The One who is worthy of worship on both these counts is God.  He alone is Creator and He alone is Redeemer.  Let us not miss that the worthy One in Revelation 5 is the Lamb who was slain, Jesus Christ.  How can anyone insist the Bible never calls Jesus “God”?