Friday, February 3, 2012

No Other Gods Before Me

Worshipping Christ
Revelation of John 4:10-11

The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Have you ever asked yourself, “What does the word worship mean?” The word "worship" has undergone a change in meaning in English. It comes from the Old English word “weorthscipe,” which means the condition of being worthy of honor, respect, or dignity. The word “weorthscipe” later developed into the word, “worship,”  meaning to attribute worth to an object or person. Worship is the “worthship” of the one you worship. When you worship Jesus Christ you attribute worth to Him and to His glorious name. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth (Philippians 2:10).
In Revelation 4:10, the twenty-four elders will fall down before Christ, who is siting upon the throne in Heaven and worship Him. This is were you find true worship and were worship is defined so significantly. What a magnificent picture of true submission to the Creator of the universe that lives forever and ever. Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding (Isaiah 40:28).
It is important that we see the nature and succession of worship that is given in these verses. First, they fall down in submission to Christ and then they cast their crowns before His feet. The true worshipper of Jesus Christ will cast their crowns before His feet saying, “I want You to be exalted above all measure and You alone to be glorified.” In the days of the Roman Empire, when Revelation was being written, as kings were conquered by Rome, they were brought before the reigning emperor to prostrate themselves before this reigning magistrate and then cast their own crowns before their conquerors. This was an act of total submission to the ruling empire and complete surrender of their domain. 
Man desires glory, power and honor to be cast upon him using excessive means to ascribe his worth and bring praise and recognition to himself. Men have always made gods of other men which is certainly true in our country today and sometimes, even in our churches. It has been written in an American Magazine that John Lennon, of the well known rock group called, “The Beatles,” said, “Christianity will end, it will disappear, I do not have to argue about that... I am certain. Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple, today we are more famous than Him (1966).”  On December 8, 1980, coming back from a recording session, John Lennon was shot 5 times in the back and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7). The First Commandment reads, Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Whether that god is you or someone else we are to worship only One true God, Jesus Christ, for He alone is worthy.
Thought:  When ascribing the word, “worthy” to our Lord, we must understand the magnitude  of significance it embodies. The word “worthy” means: virtuous, righteous, good, moral, upright,  principled, irreproachable, blameless, guiltless, unimpeachable, honest, honorable, reputable, noble, and pure. Jesus Christ is all of these and so much more. He is worthy because He is righteous and because He is righteous, He is blameless and because He is blameless, He is guiltless and because He is guiltless, He is pure and because He is pure, He is worthy of all praise, honor and glory due His name. Amen!

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