Monday, July 2, 2016
Revelation 19:6-8: Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give Him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with line linen, bright and pure"
In our loving Jesus, we express our faith through praise and adoration. On what is it based? It is because of God, pure and simple. We praise and adore God because of His reign in our lives that is based upon the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Let's say the same thing this way. What did Jesus do? He, like the sacrificial Lamb of the Passover, was killed and His blood was shed and His body broken so that our sins are forgiven. Every sin, the original sin into which we were born and the sins we commit, were, and are, forgiven by Jesus. When we believe this, it is our privilege and honor to worship Him and give to God the Father the glory He is due. God the Father set this up. He made it happen.
So through faith, we express our gratitude, love, and honor to God for binding us to Jesus. We are "bought and paid for." We are the Father's children as well as the "Bride of Christ." In worship we are declared "forgiven" by God through what Jesus did. The "Bridal dress" covers over the sins and we are declared pure and clean by the Father. The "Bridal dress" is the blood of Jesus.
So let us shout, "Hallelujah! The Lord our God the Almighty reigns." Father, lead our worship and praise of You. You are a great and awesome God. Thank You, for Jesus, Amen.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.