Use one or both of these questions to introduce the lesson:
1. If you were to start a career today, what would be your dream job? What education, training, and experience would you need to be qualified for it?
2. Have you ever used a company like Home Advisor or Angie’s List to find a service provider to perform building or repair tasks in your home? What value do you place on the testimony of past customers to recommend a contractor or similar worker?
Read Revelation 5:6-8.
1. The first five verses of this chapter reveal that Heaven had a “hiring problem.” There was a search for a candidate to perform an act of salvation (opening a sealed scroll held by God), but no one qualified. Then it was announced that a victorious lion had been found. Given that background, why is the description found in verse 6 shocking?
2. Jesus is this sacrificed lamb that is now alive. How do the descriptions in Colossians 1:18 and Revelation 1:5 help explain why Jesus is uniquely qualified to be humankind’s Savior?
Read Revelation 5:9, 10.
3. Consider world religions. What is a common relationship between a person’s religion and nationality? For example, what nationality/nationalities do you associate with someone who is Muslim? Hindu? Buddhist? Why does the qualification of Jesus found in verse 9 make him a unique figure?
4. The common wisdom says that religion is about control. While we are called to serve God, what is the ultimate end of God’s plan? See also Exodus 19:6; 1 Peter 2:9, 10.
Read Revelation 5:11-14.
5. What similarities do you see in the English words worthy and worship? How do you see these words as being connected? What characteristics of Jesus make him worthy of worship? See vv. 12, 13; 4:11; 7:12.
6. If Jesus is not a human being, living or dead (5:3) or an angel (v. 11), exactly what is John implying about Jesus’ identity?
7. Help Wanted: Savior of the world. List some religious leaders from history. What are some reasons why Jesus is far worthier to take that job than anyone else?