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.
It had to be a strong angel as any lesser member of the Host of Heaven would not have adequately conveyed the idea that Angelic might was useless to open the book. Likewise the Bible’s next statement “no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth” tells us that no one, nowhere could open the book. It was, by all measures, impossible. But what should be every Christian’s reaction to the word impossible? “With God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26) And so it was that The Lion of the Tribe of Judah did what only He could do. Not just by His omnipotence, but by His righteousness and His selflessness He alone is worthy to act as Savior and Judge for all of creation.