Day 239 – Worship Him
On: June 27, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:35-39
This is the story of Palm Sunday. But I am writing in the run up to Christmas. And the parallel puts a smile on my face! The Magi foresaw that a King had been born; the disciples cried out “blessed is the King”. The shepherds witnessed the heavenly host roaring out their praises over the Bethlehem hillside: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests”; the disciples praised God with almost the same words, as Jesus rode by on the donkey.
Whether it’s baby Jesus in a stable, Jesus the sacrificial lamb entering Jerusalem, or the risen King of kings and Lords of lords (Revelation 19:16) reigning eternity: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Our response – like the shepherds and magi in Bethlehem, like the disciples on the road down the Mount of Olives, like the roar of the great multitude in heaven – should be to worship Him, preferably on on our knees, ideally face down. For He is worthy of our praise. And we only come fully alive when we give Him the honour due His name. Then we will find ourselves engaging with eternity.
Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!” Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever!” The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped. Revelation 5:11-14.
Lord Jesus, You and You alone among those who have walked the Earth, are worthy of our worship. To You be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever. Amen