So I looked, and there, surrounded by Throne, Animals, and Elders, was a Lamb, slaughtered but standing tall. Seven horns he had, and seven eyes, the Seven Spirits of God sent into all the earth. He came to the One Seated on the Throne and took the scroll from his right hand. The moment he took the scroll, the Four Animals and Twenty-four Elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb. Each had a harp and each had a bowl, a gold bowl filled with incense, the prayers of God’s holy people. And they sang a new song:
Worthy! Take the scroll, open its seals.
Slain! Paying in blood, you bought men and women,
Bought them back from all over the earth,
Bought them back for God.
Then you made them a Kingdom, Priests for our God,
Priest-kings to rule over the earth.
When Christ REVEALS who He is and shows His power, we have a God-instilled RESPONSE in our spirit to worship. When the Lamb appeared to open the scroll,
that’s when the multitudes appear in this heavenly scene. Though it’s clear that worship is taking place in heaven prior to the entrance of the Lamb, heaven erupts in raucous jubilation when His power to open the scroll is revealed.
This concept is seen several times in the Gospels.
The woman at the well actually entered into an argument with Jesus until He REVEALED Himself to be the Messiah; once that happened, she instantly worshiped Him.
But the time is coming—it has, in fact, come—when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter.
“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”
The woman said, “I don’t know about that. I do know that the Messiah is coming. When he arrives, we’ll get the whole story.”
“I am he,” said Jesus. “You don’t have to wait any longer or look any further.”
Then the woman left her water jar and went away to the town. And she began telling the people,
Come, see a Man Who has told me everything that I ever did! Can this be –is not this the Christ? Must not this be the Messiah, the Anointed One?
SO the people left the town and set out to go to Him.
When Christ REVEALS Himself, we are forever changed. We drop our plans,
our “water pots” for He causes out of our belly (innermost being) to flow rivers of living water
by which others are led to the fount of real life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The men on the road to Emmaus did not worship Jesus (with whom they had traveled for nearly an entire day) until He REVEALED His power to them.
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
1 John 5:20
One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.
After the Resurrection, Mary thought that Jesus was a gardener.
She pled with Him to tell her where they had taken the body–but the moment
Jesus REVEALED His identity to her, she worshiped.
Yeshua (Jesus) said to her. “Don’t cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to join my Father, and go join my brothers and say to them that I ascend to join my Father and your Father, my God, and your God.”
Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.
Seeking a “newness” to our personal and congregational worship can be a waste of time if we only focus on the act of worship.
Instead, fresh and powerful worship is the natural response as we fix our eyes on Jesus Christ, and fervently seek to uncover all that He wants to REVEAL to us.
“But whenever The Spirit of The Truth comes, he will lead you into the whole truth, for he will not speak of his own will, but he shall speak whatever he shall hear and he shall reveal the future to you.”
Worship God, because the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy!
This is the one who came by water and blood–Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. However, I’m afraid that as the snake deceived Eve by its tricks, so your minds may somehow be lured away from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?“
The woman took the hint and left. In her confusion she left her water pot. Back in the village she told the people, “Come see a man who knew all about the things I did, who knows me inside and out. Do you think this could be the Messiah?” And they went out to see for themselves.
It’s Harvest Time***
In the meantime, the disciples pressed him, “Rabbi, eat. Aren’t you going to eat?”
He told them, “I have food to eat you know nothing about.”
The disciples were puzzled. “Who could have brought him food?”
Jesus said, “The food that keeps me going is that I do the will of the One who sent me, finishing the work he started. As you look around right now, wouldn’t you say that in about four months it will be time to harvest? Well, I’m telling you to open your eyes and take a good look at what’s right in front of you. These Samaritan fields are ripe. It’s harvest time!
“The Harvester isn’t waiting. He’s taking his pay, gathering in this grain that’s ripe for eternal life. Now the Sower is arm in arm with the Harvester, triumphant. That’s the truth of the saying, ‘This one sows, that one harvests.’ I sent you to harvest a field you never worked. Without lifting a finger, you have walked in on a field worked long and hard by others.”
Many of the Samaritans from that village committed themselves to him because of the woman’s witness: “He knew all about the things I did. He knows me inside and out!” They asked him to stay on, so Jesus stayed two days. A lot more people entrusted their lives to him when they heard what he had to say. They said to the woman, “We’re no longer taking this on your say-so. We’ve heard it for ourselves and know it for sure. He’s the Savior of the world!”
Instructions on Worship
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.
Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.
A womanshould learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.
1 Timothy 2:1-11
There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Galatians 3:28, Ephesians 2:14, 16, Colossians 3:10, 15
THIS is worship—come up here.
The Spirit and The Bride say, “Come. Come and drink. Come and eat. Come and see!”
Jesus, REVEAL Yourself to me in a fresh way today so that my worship of You can be ever-expanding. Thank You for all that You have shown–I long for You!
***You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.’–-Jesus speaking in John 4:35.
(supplemented by Fresh Worship as given by Diane Moore, a Lancaster United for Life board member, who is active in politics, and plays keyboard for the music ministry at New Covenant Christian Church)
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. The Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
1 Timothy 4:1, John 14:26; 17