In contrast to anguish and despair of Good Friday, John's Revelation portrays the Lamb on the heavenly throne being glorified and praised for His work of ransoming with His blood every tribe and language and people and nation.
Here we learn to know the Second Person of the Godhead... and how we have been redeemed.
If you are asked, "What do you believe in the Second Article about Jesus Christ?" answer, "I believe that Jesus Christ, God's true Son, has become my Lord." "But what does it mean to become Lord?" "It is this. He has redeemed me from sin, the devil, death, and all evil. Before I did not have a Lord or King, but was captive under the devil's power, condemned to death, stuck in sin and blindness"...
So those tyrants and jailers are all expelled now. In their place has come Jesus Christ, Lord of life, righteousness, every blessing, and salvation. He has delivered us poor, lost people from hell's jaws, has won us, has made us free, and has brought us again into the Father's favor and grace. He has taken us as His own property under His shelter and protection so that He may govern us by His righteousness, wisdom, power, life, and blessedness.
The word Lord means simply the same as redeemer. It means the One who has brought us from Satan to God, from death to life, from sin to righteousness, and who preserves us in the same. But all the points in this article serve to explain and express this redemption. They explain how and by whom it was accomplished. They explain how much it cost Him and what He spent and risked so that He might win us and bring us under His dominion. (paragraphs 26-27, 30-31)
Condensed from CONCORDIA: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS, copyright 2005,2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of CONCORDIA, call 800-325-3040.