We were made for worship. Every single human being who has ever or will ever exist is made to worship the one true Lord of the universe. Thus, Revelation 5 is a picture of what every child of God can anticipate for their future — being gathered around the throne to give honor and praise and glory to Him who sits on the throne and unto the Lamb!
Here in Revelation 5, we see the Son who willingly humbled Himself in obedience to the Father returning to the greater place of exaltation in the heavenlies. When Christ takes the scroll from the Father’s hand, the four living creatures and the 24 elders are overcome with awe as they behold the glory of the Godhead displayed in the outworking of redemptive history. So they all fall down before the Lamb of God to worship. Their response models what our response should be to Christ.
Christ’s resurrection is the reason of the change in the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday. That change was anticipated in the Old Testament and is significant for our christian life today.
In an episode very reminiscent of chapter 24, Saul once again pursued David into the wilderness of Ziph with 3,000 choice men. God caused the whole army to fall into a deep sleep which allowed David and Abishai to walk right into the middle of the camp and stand over slumbering Saul. David once again spared Saul’s life, and from his response, we learn of the depth of his faith, and of his desire to not be cut off from the means of public worship in Israel.
There are realities surrounding the incarnation of Christ that transcend mere human history. When we come to the 12th chapter of the book of Revelation, we see the significance of Christ’s coming against the timeless backdrop of the cosmic warfare going on in the spiritual realm between the prince of darkness and the Light of the World. In the first six verses, we are introduced to the main characters in this “Sky-Drama,” and we are brought to realize our own place in this cosmic battle.
Every true church is an embassy of the kingdom of Christ, and if the church is an embassy, we are all ambassadors. Because of our new identity in Jesus, our priorities, attitudes and actions are to bear out a divine ethic of love that results in all glory being given to Christ. This ethic of love is evidenced in our corporate prayers, how we show hospitality, the way we serve one another, and the affection and love we share with one another. As the church embodies these traits faithfully, the lost will be drawn to this display of the glory of Christ.
In this final sermon on the book of Romans, Pastor Shawn summarizes the entire book in one sermon, providing both reflections on the significance of the doctrine of salvation as well as practical application of the dominant themes.
The human heart cannot ignore Jesus Christ. God presents himself to us in the person of Jesus Christ and that presentation demands a response from every individual. Simply mention the name of Jesus in a group setting and it will arouse a response from all, even if that response remains unspoken. Some scorn Jesus, some love Jesus, others are fond of the benefits that come from being near Jesus and the people who love Jesus but deep-down they prefer their independence from Jesus. In the opening verses of the twelfth chapter of John’s gospel we find an intimate setting in which we are shown a contrast in responses to Jesus. Among them we find in Mary the heart the beats for and worships Jesus without reservation.
This sermon is the first of four sermons in a mini-series on the public means of grace. Romans 12:1-2 teaches Christians that we are to offer ourselves up to God as living and holy sacrifices. We are to no longer be conformed to this world. Instead, we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, thereby proving out the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. The Word of God is , of course, central to this process of transformation, because the whole of Scripture testifies to the Person and Power of Christ.
With the beginning of Romans 12, Paul makes a distinct shift in his letter to the Romans. Given the robust theology of the gospel expounded in the first eleven chapters, he now turns to the subject of how believers are to live the truth of the gospel in all their relational as societal spheres. Here in the fist verse, he exhorts believers, on the basis of God’s incredible mercies, to offer themselves as living and holy sacrifices. This is the only fitting response for those redeemed by Christ: to offer our whole self to Him is thanksgiving, praise, worship, and adoration.