“…In Jesus Christ…”
“A faithful worship leader magnifies the greatness of God in Jesus Christ…”
(notes from choir rehearsal, 2.6.13)
We worship “in spirit and truth” (Jn. 4:23-24)
Jesus is Truth, the “Amen,” The “Verily, verily” – the truth of Scripture is rooted in Christ
“For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him. That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory.” (2 Cor. 1:20)
“The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.” (Rev. 3:14)
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14) Literally, “tabernacled”
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Tim. 2:5)
What is the point? The location of our meeting place to worship God has moved from a building to a Person, Christ Himself.
He not only is the focus of worship but the means of worshiping God.
New Testament worship is Christ- and cross-centered.
What does it mean to magnify the greatness of God in Christ? It means that we make Christ and His cross the spectacle of worship; that the flow and content of our services have that as the focal point; that worshipers are encouraged to respond in faith to Christ
Why is Christ the focus of worship? Because He died to bring us to God.
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God…” (1 Peter 3:18
Through one solitary sacrifice, Jesus brings us into God’s presence.
That is our glory now and will be eternally (Rev. 5)
Jesus’ provides two things for us:
- Access to God
- Acceptable worship
The gospel is who God is and what He has done in the cross. It is everything about Christ – His eternality, incarnation, sinless life, obedience, atonement, resurrection, ascension, present ministry, and future return.
Not all of these elements are specifically mentioned in every worship service, but allusions to them are there. And if we continue in weekly worship, we will eventually hear them in the teaching, songs, prayers, and Scripture readings.
To magnify God in His greatness, we do so “in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:6)
“No one has seen God at any time…Jesus has made Him known.” (John 1:18)
It’s not our acceptability or excellence. It is Christ’s.
Believers obey Christ as the one by whom our obedience is accepted by God. Believers know all their duties are weak, imperfect, and unable to abide in God’s presence. Therefore, they look to Christ as the one who bears the iniquity of their holy things, who adds incense to their prayers, gathers out all the weeds from their duties, and makes them acceptable to God. (John Owen)