By Rev. Junchol Lee
We use a calendar that has 12 months and 365 days in it. As it nears December 31st, we feel as though something is getting close to an end, and yet on January 1st it feels like a new beginning. Our life is composed of many endings and beginnings. We may live one life, but within this one life we have many different journeys.
(References: Habakkuk 3:17)
273. Then He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. (5:7) This symbolically means that the Lord in respect to His Divine humanity embodies the Word, and this from His Divinity within Him, and therefore He will execute judgment based on His Divine humanity.
It is clearly apparent here that the Lamb and He who sat on the throne are the same person, and that He who sat on the throne means His Divinity from which all else comes, while the Lamb is His Divine humanity; for we are told in the preceding verse that John saw the Lamb standing in the midst of the throne, and now that He took the book from Him who sat on the throne.
That the Lord was to execute judgment based on His Divine humanity, because He embodies the Word, is clear from the following passages:
Then (they will see) the sign of the Son of Man... and they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and... glory. (Matthew 24:30)
...when the Son of Man sits on (His) throne..., (He will judge) the twelve tribes of Israel. (Matthew 19:28)
...the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father..., and then He will reward each according to his works. (Matthew 16:27)
Watch... always that you may be counted worthy... to stand before the Son of Man. (Luke 21:36)
...the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (Matthew 24:44)
...the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son..., because He is the Son of Man. (John 5:22, 27)
The Son of Man is the Lord in respect to His Divine humanity, and this is the Word that was God and became flesh (John 1:1, 14).