Revelation 5:1-5
1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

John is alone, sobbing uncontrollably and at his wits end believing everything he understood or believed in was now for naught.  He was in a word…HOPELESS!

The reason is God initially gave dominion and the title deed to earth to Adam.  Eve was deceived by Satan who lied to her and said if she ate of the ONLY tree (temptation), she was told not to eat from then she “would be like God.”  Satan failed to tell He she would be under Satan who really wanted to “be like the most high God.”

Satan always lies to you and me and conveniently forgets to tell us we will actually be forever in bondage to our sin and Satan and never in fact be like God.  Our sin creates death…in finances, relationships, opportunities, calling and intimacy with God among other things.

John was sobbing because no one could be found to reclaim the title deed to planet earth after Adam transgressed and gave up the title deed to Satan in the Garden.  Until…

He saw the slain lamb…Jesus…whose sacrifice on the cross defeated sin, death and Satan.  When people ask the question, “why does a so called good God allow so much suffering and pain?”  The answer is, it is not God, but Satan who now has title deed to planet earth for a season.  It is evil incarnate in Satan who creates death, despair and destruction.

God’s plan initially was perfection.  He had to allow for freedom of choice for Adam and Eve otherwise there would not be free will and the ability to choose life or death.  It was the Consequences of Adams sin that has lead to a world badly damaged and in such great pain.

The remedy as John is about to find out, is Jesus.  Only Jesus can redeem a fallen world.  Only Jesus’ sacrifice paid the price to redeem or buy back the title deed to planet earth.  Only Jesus can comfort and encourage you.  Only Jesus can save you.

Here is a prayer to help us all today:

“Jesus, please help me, please guide me, please love me.  Jesus, I am saved and I am asking for deep and intimate encouragement today for me and those I love.”

“Jesus, I need to be saved and know I am going to heaven.  Please forgive me of my sins, help me grow in You and be my Savior all the days of my life, amen.”

Look for Jesus to bless and encourage you today! The victory is ours as we move from faith to faith.