THE BIBLE, WORSHIP, AND MANKIND
We read in John 5 of a confrontation between Jesus and those
who wanted to kill him. They didn't like the fact that Jesus was
"making himself equal with God" (John 5:18) Jesus answered
them with a wonderful study of why we can believe who he is. In
fact,he went on to make a bold and wondrous statement about
himself. He said, "you search the scriptures because you think
that in them you have eternal life; it is these (scriptures) that
testify about me" (John 5:39)
The Bible is about Jesus Christ from beginning to end, from
Genesis, where he created all that is (see John 1) to the prophets
who spoke of him, not to mention the gospels and the epistles.
Whether it is in song or through other forms of expression,
worship is birthed in the knowledge of who God is. All other
motives to "worship" are shadows. And since a lifestyle of
worship (see Romans 12:1) involves more than singing a few
songs on Sunday morning, the Bible becomes the most essential
tool for worship.
A personal favourite chapter of mine is Colossians chapter one.
Speaking of Jesus Christ, Paul says, "he rescued us...he is the
image of the invisible God...by him all things were created...he is
before all things...in him all things hold together...he is also head
of the body, the church...he has now reconciled you in his fleshly
body" (Colossians 1:13-22) That's seven facts about him right
Then, if we go back into the Old Testament, we find a similar
passage in that it details just how great God is. Psalm 107
describes God in the following ways. "He is good". "He has
redeemed". "He delivered". "He has satisfied the thirsty
soul". "He saved." "He sent His word and healed".
We can be moved by beautiful music or the gorgeous views of
nature, but nothing can cause the human heart to worship like
scripture that tells us about Jesus!
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