The Spiritual Realities of True Worship
Part 12, Maintaining Your Faith Series, Hebrews 9:1-28
Isaiah 43:21, “The people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.”
Psalm 105: 1, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!”
Psalm 150:1-6, “Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with flute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” ESV.
“23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24.
1. The correct attitude of worship: A thankful and joyful spirit. Hebrews 9:1-10
How do you picture the earthly sanctuary in this passage?
What is the significance of each item in the sanctuary?
What is the significance of the lampstand, and consecrated bread?
What is the significance of the holy place and the most holy place?
What about Aaron’s wooden stuff that budded and the stone tablets where the covenant of God was written? How important are these to Hebrews in the 1st century?
· The items in the sanctuary along with the sacrificial rituals were only symbols of Jesus Christ and his sacrificial death on the cross that would completely remove their sins.
· Jesus became the perfect sacrifice and has done it once and for all time, unlike the old sacrificial system.
2. The center point of worship: Jesus. Hebrews 9:23-27
· From the role of a Messiah, Jesus now takes on the role of our great High Priest who forever intercedes for us.
· As our high priest, He leads us in worship, and takes it before His Father.
· We can now worship with a clear conscience because we have been spiritually cleansed by His blood forever.
3. The conclusion of worship: Wait in anticipation for His second coming. Hebrews 9:28.
· We live each day as if it is our last day on earth.
· The thought of His second coming gave us hope to continue doing the good work He started in us.
· We come to church for worship because we have confidence in the finish work of Jesus.