[From November 2, 2015]
"...And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, 'Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?' And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or look into it. And I began to weep bitterly...'"
Dana Carvey & Mike Meyers' "WAYNE'S WORLD" creation on Saturday Night Live used to have a bit that became a cultural expression. Whenever they'd interview a famous celebrity (usually a musician), they'd extend their arms and bow down in reverence saying, "We're not worthy! We're not worthy!" People all across the US incorporated it into our regular vernacular.
That's what John felt like in Revelation 5. A great scroll is available, but no one (in heaven or earth) is worthy to open it and read it. No one, that is, except Jesus (the "Lion of the Tribe of Judah" and "the root of David"). He is the Lamb who was slain for the salvation of the world (all these expressions are used in chapter 5).
I wonder if we've lost this sense of God's holiness and reverence? We pride ourselves in our accomplishments and endeavors. But really, none of us are worthy on our own. We can do great things, of course. But salvation can only come as GRACE - as a gift. We can't earn it. So why not, instead, bow down with reverence & humility before the King? (Works for me!)