by Lenny Ports

The Heart of Worship
Lenny Ports
Revelation 5:9-10, 19:9

In last week's message, we compared Old Testament and New Testament worship. Under the Old, the emphasis of worship was sacrifice. Animals would be killed and their blood was brought into the very presence of God as an offering in order that God would have mercy on His people because of their sins. Under the New Covenant, Jesus is the Object of our worship because it was He who paid the ultimate sacrifice on the cross for our sins. Jesus is the precious Lamb of God who shed His blood on the cross for us and brought His own blood before the Father as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. We no longer have to bring an animal sacrifice for forgiveness. The mercy and love of God was demonstrated and shown to all mankind, that those that would choose to believe in Jesus could be forgiven of all their sins. But God didn't stop there. Not only did He forgive us of our sins and wash us in His blood, He poured out His Spirit upon us in order that we may live a victorious life and take this good news to others. And not only did He pour out His Spirit upon us, but He adopted us into His family and has made us kings and priests to our God.

Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying: ''You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.''

And not only has He made us royalty, He has betrothed us (we are engaged to Him) and we are awaiting the Marriage Supper of the Lamb when we will ultimately be with Him forever when He returns (Revelation 19:9).

That is why Revelation 5:12 says we join with the heavenly host in a loud voice worshiping God saying, ''Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!''

Worthy is the Lamb of God, J ...

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