Sunday, October 05, 2008

Worthy is the Lamb!

This morning at Trinity Josh will be preaching about the cross- and I am so blessed to see that God lined up a great Scripture passage for us today!

Today's readings: Revelation 5, Nehemiah 7:4-8:12, Psalm 100

"The creatures and elders... 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...

Then I looked and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders, and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands and thousands, saying with a loud voice:

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!

And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying,

Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!

Then the four living creatures said, "Amen!" And the twenty four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever." -Revelation 5:9, 11-14

In the Old Testament, God's people had to make animal sacrifices for their sin- God's law demanded blood whenever His law was broken. And so, when Jesus came, He became that sacrifice for us- He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! Hallelujah! He has died to make us right with God- He has made a way for our broken relationship to be restored! I am looking forward to Josh's message today about living a cross-centered life- how we worship God with all our lives out of gratitude for what He did on the cross!

I hope that communion takes on richer significance today as you dwell on the Lamb of God who is worthy of all honor and glory! Spend time focusing on the cross- on the agony Jesus experienced- FOR YOU. Let that color all of your actions this week!

because of the cross,

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