As we come this morning to the Lord's table, I want us to think about the meaning of the death of Christ. For years now we have been working our way through the accounts of the gospels, Luke and now Mark. And maybe this morning to divert ourselves from that a little bit and think perhaps more theologically about the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, we'll enrich us and enrich our experience at the Lord's table today.
I want to begin by inviting you to turn to Revelation chapter 5...Revelation chapter 5. We've engaged in worship this morning, the worship of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sung of His love and our love to Him. We will do this forever, by the way. This is only a preview of what will be our experience every moment, every sleepless moment of eternity we will be praising Him.
The book of Revelation gives us a glimpse into the praise of heaven. In verse 9 of Revelation 5 we hear the very expression of praise that is lifted up. It is a new song, the heavenly song, the new song being the song of salvation. That's a phrase borrowed from the Psalms. And the words go like this. "Worthy are You," and this is sung to the Lamb that is slain mentioned in verse 6. "Worthy are You to take the book and break its seals for You were slain and purchased for God with Your blood, men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation, You have made them to be a Kingdom and priests to our God and they will reign upon the earth."
And then it goes on in verse 12, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing." Again in verse 13, "To Him who sits on the throne, namely God, and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever." And the elders in verse 14 who represent the church fell down and worshiped. Worshiping is the occupation of heaven. And the worship will be directed at God out of gratitude for His saving plan effected through the sacrifice of Christ....