Summary: Communion Service
WORTHY IS THE LAMB!
(in two parts)
RMBC 12 Aug 01 AM
ILL Notebook: Worth (small spender)
Every Christmas, Rhonda Ausk and her son divide up his savings to see how much he can spend on each family member’s gift. One year, after they counted out the money, Rhonda told her son that he had exactly $3 to spend on each person’s gift. “I have more than that,” explained her son. “I already got your present and I only spent a quarter.”
Now…don’t you think that she is worth more than that?
I am sure that his mom being of less worth is not what he intended to communicate.
Yet, it comes out a little bit that way, doesn’t it?
I wonder, however, if we ever treat God like that.
I wonder if we are giving him a quarter and spend the rest on everything and everybody else.
I’m not talking about money here.
I am talking about priority.
Is God really the most important relationship that we have?
This is one of the primary reasons we come to the communion table.
It is why we participate in it on a monthly basis.
It is why, from time to time, we designate a whole service to it, as today.
For we need to stop…
We need to stop and pause to consider the greatness of God.
Here again our theme verse of the day…
WORTHY IS THE LAMB, WHO WAS SLAIN, TO RECEIVE POWER AND WEALTH AND WISDOM AND STRENGTH AND HONOR AND GLORY AND PRAISE!
When we say Jesus is worthy of praise, we are saying that He deserves acclamation.
He has supreme value.
He is of supreme importance.
There is not greater quality.
He is excellence in every way.
Perhaps it seems odd to describe Him in this way.
But consider His worthiness.
Listen to what we just sang a few minutes ago…
Jesus! what a Friend of sinners!
Jesus! Lover of my soul;
Friends may fail me,
Foes assail me,
He, my Savior, makes me whole.
Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Hallelujah! what a Friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
He is with me to the end.
So, how is His worth observed in your life?
What do you do or say that demonstrates the worthiness of Jesus?
In just a moment, we will hear the choir sing “Jesus Paid It All.”
The songwriter considered the worthiness of Jesus and here is what was written…
Jesus paid it all
All to him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow.
SERVING OF THE BREAD:
Listen to the testimony of John in Revelation 5…
Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?" But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals." Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth." Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!" The four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and worshiped.