And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?" Revelation 5.2
It must have been 10 years ago now, when I was ministering in St Andrews, that the funeral director remarked that he had just attended a briefing, at which his profession had been warned to brace themselves for unprecedented numbers of casualties from a disease that would originate in China.
There is much about life that many of us know nothing about and even more than none of us can fathom. The verse above from Revelation is a reference to God's perfect future, as originally envisaged in the book of Daniel. Until now, nobody has been found worthy or capable of breaking the seals and opening the scroll. Step forward Jesus...
Through Jesus, what was formerly hidden and beyond our reach has been laid before us, hence the name of the book which concludes the Bible, which is God's word to us.
Ar n-Athair, a tha air nèimh,
gu naoimhichear d' ainm.
Thigeadh do rìoghachd.
Gun dèanar do thoil air thalamh
mar a nithear air nèamh.
Tabhair dhuinn an-diugh ar n-aran laitheil.
Agus math dhuinn ar fiachan,
mar a mhaitheas sinn dar luchd-fiach.
Agus na leig ann am buaireadh sinn;
ach saor sinn on olc:
oir is leatsa an rìoghachd, agus an cumhachd,
agus a' ghlòir gu siorraidh. AMEN