Sermon Summary | "Worship and the Cross"
At the heart of God-honoring worship is the exaltation of Jesus Christ and His work on the cross. It is the life, death, and resurrection of our Savior that provides the means, the content, and the object of our worship.
1. Our Savior and his work on the cross is the MEANS of our worship.
Jesus and his work on the cross is our means of seeing God’s purposes fulfilled both in history and for our lives. Evil will be vanquished and God will have a people who will worship him forever because the Lamb was slain.
2. Our Savior and his work on the cross is the CONTENT of our worship.
Heavenly worship centers around what Jesus’ work on the cross accomplished. By his blood he ransomed, or purchased, people for God from every tribe, language, people, and nation (Rev 5:9-10).
3. Our Savior and his work on the cross is the OBJECT of our worship.
The Lamb who was slain is not only the means of our worship and the content of our worship. He is the One we worship! Jesus is God and to be worshiped. And in all the praise of Jesus, the hosts of heaven never lose sight of the fact that He is the Lamb who was slain.
The true God has sent his Son, the Word of God, to redeem a people for himself from every tribe, and language, and people, and nation who will bear witness to the Lamb who was slain. We’ll see people converted and join us in worshiping the Lamb. But as we continue to be faithful witnesses to the truth, holiness, authority, and love of God, we will also encounter the scorn, rejection, reviling, and opposition of this world. Our suffering is not like the Lamb’s suffering in that it doesn’t earn forgiveness or any merit before God. It doesn’t secure atonement. Only the blood of the Lamb can do that. But we become like what we worship.
[by Andrew Preston]