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Christ Follower

April 3, 2006

I was talking (well e-mailing) to a great friend about a discussion that happened on Sunday in Bible Class. In discussing worship it was brought up that some people we attend with complain about songs that speak of praying to Jesus or that worship Jesus. They have said that we are to pray and worship the Father.

I made probably too harsh a statement, but maybe not harsh enough. It seems that often Jesus would not even be welcome in a part of his own church. Maybe we should just take his name off the sign… but then how would any of our fellow members who are not a part of a denomination find us? Right. (inside joke for you non church of Christ folks).

But really, can you even be a Christian if you don’t worship Jesus? Doesn’t Christian = Christ follower? There are a lot of facets to that Spirit and Truth passage in John 4, but one is that Jesus is the truth in John’s Gospel and to worship means worshipping through the reality that He is God, God in the flesh.

So Jesus, I believe that through you all things were made and have their being. I believe that at your name every knee will bow and every tongue confess that you are God. I confess it now. I believe that you were and are God in human flesh, the lamb of God, sent to take away the sins of the world. That your kingdom is at hand and is available both now and not yet. And Jesus, I can’t wait till I can see you face to face.

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  1. April 3, 2006 9:23 pm

    Pointed, but well said T. I think that part of the reason for this line of thinking may have to do with the focus of Jesus during the days of His flesh. He spoke of following the direction of the Father, listening to the voice of the Father, taking His direction from the Father. That was the way it was for Him in a body of flesh.

    Now that He sits beside the Father, He is deserving of that same praise and honor. He is the Worthy Lamb and at His feet we along with the elders cast our crowns at His worthy feet. Worthy Is The Lamb!

  2. April 3, 2006 9:32 pm

    Amen!

  3. April 4, 2006 12:20 am

    Beautiful post… (and beautiful elaboration by Lee!)

    I’m with djg…

    Amen!

  4. April 4, 2006 8:02 am

    One of our deacons often begins his prayer with , “Dear Jesus”. I’m surprise no one has ever said anything to me about this unusual – but welcomed prayer. Now how about the Holy Spirit … neglected, unmentioned, treated as a mystery.

  5. April 4, 2006 8:25 am

    “God in three persons, blessed trinity!”

    It IS a mystery – we say we come to God through Jesus (we don’t really come to Jesus through God) and yet they’re the same. It’s as confusing to adults as it is to kids (no matter HOW many times you do the water/ice/steam analogy!) And on a side note – I grew up Catholic so I am really learning a LOT about all these hangups the CofC has…..At least you didn’t pray to a statue of St. Turibius!!!

  6. April 6, 2006 8:48 am

    God the Father, (God)the Son, and (God) the Holy Spirit.

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