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The Meaning of Worship


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The meaning of worship is in our spiritual heritage. The Hebrew writer states that we have not come to something that can be touched, the burning fire of the mountain where the law was presented to Moses. We have come to something that we can feel. We can feel in our hearts our relationship with Jesus Christ.

We have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to tens of thousands of angels, to the assembly and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and the spirits of the righteous who have been made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel's blood (HEB 12:18:24).

We have not come to Mount Sinai, but the hope of the New Jerusalem. We are not in heaven, but we have been raised with Christ and seated with him in the heavenly realms in a spiritual sense (EPH 2:6). Our names are written in the book of life. We are in preparation for heaven awaiting the final examination.

We know that Jesus shares communion with us. God and the Holy Spirit are observing when we worship. Scripture indicates that angles long to look into the great salvation. One purpose given for the church is that the multifaceted wisdom of God should now be disclosed to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly realms (EPH 3:10). It is not explained how this takes place, but it may mean that they observe our worship services to gain that wisdom.

If that is not enough to get you excited about worship, I don't know what would be. Do you realize what it means to be in the presence of the Creator of the universe? When Isaiah saw the likeness of God, he cried, I am destroyed, for my lips are contaminated by sin, and I live among people whose lips are contaminated by sin! As Christians we can rejoice, that Jesus was sacrificed once for all times to forgive our sins, so our feelings in God's presence are more positive than those of the Old Covenant.

The meaning of worship is not in the motions we go through, but our relationship with God. The most important thing is what occurs in our hearts. Worship is a time of renewing our commitment with him. We should be filled with overwhelming gratitude and praise, because we are in the presence of God, who pardoned our sentences, and welcomes us with open arms.

What goes through your mind when you partake of the bread and fruit of the vine? Do you remember that your sins contributed to the reason that Jesus was on the cross? We were not physically there, when he was beaten and hung on the cross, but it is personal for us, because he died in our place. The cross was an instrument of torture, for Jesus, but the greatest event in history for mankind! Nothing else could remove our sins from the record. Nothing else could set us free from Satan's grasp.

Those who have been baptized into Christ have been added to the church by God himself. Worship is a special privilege for Christians. It should be an emotional experience, because it reminds us of our future abode with God. Knowing that God and his heavenly court are observing our worship, should cause us to cherish our worship time. The book, “Climbing the Heavenly Stairs, " introduces the Godhead, so that we have the knowledge of whom we worship. Read more at:


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