Participating in Heaven's Worship

Featuring Bob Kauflin Posted on April 26, 2010


Christ's work on the cross is the focus of worship in heaven.

When Jesus appears as the Lion of the tribe of Judah in Revelation 5:5, he might have been honored for his moral perfection, his teaching, his miraculous healing powers, or his glorious resurrection. The host of heaven might have called attention to his role in creation and sustaining the universe. But they don't. 

Heaven's worshipers join together to proclaim: 

Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth. (vv. 9–10, emphasis added) 

Day and night the hosts of heaven cry out, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” (v. 12). It seems that heaven itself never moves on from the cross. As Jim Elliff points out, “One is taken aback by the emphasis upon the Cross in Revelation. Heaven does not 'get over' the cross, as if there are better things to think about, heaven is not only Christ-centered, but cross-centered, and quite blaring about it.” 

With so many clear references to the priority of Jesus and his atoning work, it's astounding how often we go through entire church meetings with only passing references to what he's accomplished through his life, death, and resurrection. And when we do mention him in our songs or prayers, we often fail to elaborate on what he's done. 

The hosts of heaven never tire of extolling the Lamb who was slain. Should we? 


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